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Addiction Counselor Salary

Addiction Counselors aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $36K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of Addiction Counselors (63 percent) who took the survey are women. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — close to a fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and about one-half receive dental plans. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,317 - $51,066
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$25K
$36K
$51K
MEDIAN: $35,919
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$12.18 - $24.66
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,317 - $51,066  
   
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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$25,613 - $51,728  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 165
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.18 - $24.66  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $34.89  
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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$25,613 - $51,728  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 116
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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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Addiction Counselors who go on to become Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Certified Drug and Alcohol Addiction Counselor, an upper-level role, pays $34K.

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Popular Skills for Addiction Counselor


Addiction Counselors who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Those who have experience with Case Management, Counseling, and Group Therapy can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Most people who know 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Addiction Counselors. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $34K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $37K on average. Addiction Counselors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $39K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $52K.

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Experience Affects Addiction Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 47%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$35,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Skills That Affect Addiction Counselor Salaries

Case Management
up arrow 3%

Counseling
up arrow 2%

Group Therapy
up arrow 2%

National Average
$35,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 26%
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