Addiction Counselor Salary

Addiction Counselors aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $39K per year. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Addiction Counselors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Although a majority have medical coverage and approximately one-half have dental coverage, just under one in three claim no health benefits at all. Female Addiction Counselors are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (67 percent) are women. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,041 - $53,857
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$39K
$54K
MEDIAN: $39,383
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$12.42 - $25.50
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MEDIAN: $16.76
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,041 - $53,857  
   
Bonus
$750  
Total Pay (?
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$27,415 - $53,699  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 127
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.42 - $25.50  
   
Overtime
$6.71 - $44.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
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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$27,415 - $53,699  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 107

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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 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 $35K.

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Popular Skills for Addiction Counselor


Addiction Counselors who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Patient Counseling, Group Therapy, Case Management, and Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average. The majority of those who know Case Management also know Group Therapy.

Pay by Experience Level for Addiction Counselor

Pay by Experience for an Addiction Counselor has a positive trend. An entry-level Addiction Counselor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 149 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Addiction Counselor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 51 salaries. An experienced Addiction Counselor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 49 salaries. An Addiction Counselor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 18 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $38,329

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Addiction Counselors, 28 percent above the national average. Addiction Counselors will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+17 percent), Bridgeport (+16 percent), Bakersfield (+13 percent), and Baltimore (+4 percent). Trailing the national average by 19 percent, Miami is the market with the smallest paychecks. Workers in Oklahoma City and Tucson earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (15 percent less and 11 percent less, respectively).

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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 24 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Addiction Counselor Salaries

▲31%

▲9%

National Average
$38,000

▼6%

▼10%

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 24 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
vision benefits
Vision: 37%
no benefits
None: 29%