Addiction Counselor Salary

Addiction Counselors in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $40K per year on average. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Addiction Counselors (67 percent) who took the survey are female. Some workers in this field — slightly less than a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the greater part and dental plans are enjoyed by just under one-half. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$28,073 - $54,153
$28K
$40K
$54K
MEDIAN: $39,501
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50%
90%

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$12.63 - $25.39
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MEDIAN: $16.63
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$28,073 - $54,153  
   
Bonus
$750  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$27,523 - $53,839  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 138
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.63 - $25.39  
   
Overtime
$10.75 - $37.50  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$750  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$27,523 - $53,839  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 113

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Job Description for Addiction Counselor

An addiction counselor works with patients who have problems with substance abuse. The counselor manages patients' cases and provides counseling to help them overcome these addictions. The addiction counselor may work at a school or medical facility and provide individual or group counseling; counseling may include dealing with addictions, issues involving mental health, and helping the patients develop their interpersonal skills. The addiction counselor may also need to perform screening for prospective patients or clients as well.

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Addiction Counselor Tasks

  • Counsel individuals or groups and implements therapeutic treatment plans to resolve addictions to drugs or alcohol.
  • Maintain case history and progress notes while observing their patients.
  • Provide evaluations, interventions, and individual and group therapy to clients experiencing chemical abuse or chemical dependency.

Common Career Paths for Addiction Counselor


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Addiction Counselors who transition into an upper level Certified Drug and Alcohol Addiction Counselor position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Certified Drug and Alcohol Addiction Counselor makes $35K a year.

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Popular Skills for Addiction Counselor


Survey takers who work as Addiction Counselors usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Patient Counseling, Group Therapy, Case Management, and Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average. It is often found that people who know Case Management are also skilled in Group Therapy.

Pay by Experience Level for Addiction Counselor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Addiction Counselors — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. During the first five years of their careers, Addiction Counselors see a median income of $35K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $36K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Addiction Counselors make a median salary of $42K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Addiction Counselors with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $51K.

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Key Stats for Addiction Counselor

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 25 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Addiction Counselor Salaries

▲33%

▲10%

National Average
$38,000

▼6%

▼9%

Skills That Affect Addiction Counselor Salaries

Patient Counseling
▲15%



Counseling
▼0%

National Average
$38,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
vision benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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