Addiction Counselor Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a Addiction Counselors in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $36K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not claimed by all — about a fourth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and close to one-half have dental, too. Female Addiction Counselors survey participants are more prevalent than men — 62 percent of professionals. Job satisfaction for Addiction Counselors is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,552 - $50,837
(Median)
$26K
$36K
$51K
MEDIAN: $35,967
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$12.19 - $25.12
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$12
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,552 - $50,837  
   
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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$25,744 - $51,960  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 173
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.19 - $25.12  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $35.73  
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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$25,744 - $51,960  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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Many Addiction Counselors move into a Certified Drug and Alcohol Addiction Counselor role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors on average bring in a similar salary to Addiction Counselors.

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Popular Skills for Addiction Counselor


Addiction Counselors usually report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Case Management, Counseling, and Group Therapy can expect to be compensated well for these skills. The majority of those 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.


Addiction Counselors with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $34K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $37K. Addiction Counselors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $40K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $52K.

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Experience Affects Addiction Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 45%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Addiction Counselor Salaries

Case Management
up arrow 4%

Counseling
up arrow 2%

Group Therapy
up arrow 1%

National Average
$35,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 27%
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