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Addiction Counselor Salary

Addiction Counselors in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $36K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Addiction Counselors survey participants are largely women, dominating at 64 percent. Most Addiction Counselors like their work and job satisfaction is high. While close to one-fourth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and approximately half have dental, as well. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,198 - $50,894
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$25K
$36K
$51K
MEDIAN: $35,740
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$12.16 - $24.40
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$24
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,198 - $50,894  
   
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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$25,524 - $51,447  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 161
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.16 - $24.40  
   
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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$25,524 - $51,447  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 114

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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 Group Therapy, Case Management, and Counseling can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Those familiar with Case Management also tend to 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. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $34K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $37K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $38K in this role. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $51K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Addiction Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 45%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$35,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Skills That Affect Addiction Counselor Salaries

Case Management
up arrow 2%

Group Therapy
up arrow 2%

Counseling
up arrow 1%

National Average
$35,000

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

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: 74% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 25%
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