Addiction Counselor Salary

Pay for Addiction Counselors in the United States is very modest at just $36K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up the majority of Addiction Counselors (64 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Although about a fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and roughly one-half get dental coverage, too. Most Addiction Counselors like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,730 - $50,951

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$12.41 - $25.12

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,730 - $50,951  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,909  
Total Pay (?
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$26,113 - $52,036  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 179
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.41 - $25.12  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $35.86  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,909  
   
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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$26,113 - $52,036  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 127
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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

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

Common Career Paths for Addiction Counselor


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For Addiction Counselors, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Addiction Counselors earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Certified Drug and Alcohol Addiction Counselor.

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Popular Skills for Addiction Counselor


Survey takers who work as Addiction Counselors usually report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Case Management, Group Therapy, and Counseling can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Most people familiar with Case Management also know Group Therapy.

Pay by Experience Level for Addiction Counselor

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


Addiction Counselors with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $34K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $37K. On average, Addiction Counselors make $40K following one to two decades on the job. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $52K.

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Experience Affects Addiction Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 45%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Addiction Counselor Salaries

Case Management
up arrow 4%

Group Therapy
up arrow 3%

Counseling
up arrow 2%

National Average
$36,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 27%
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