Addiction Counselor Salary (United States)

About two-thirds of Addiction Counselors report fewer than five years in the field, making for a fairly junior workforce. The group as a whole takes home roughly $34,728 per year on average. Pay generally spreads from $24,424 to $48,311 per year. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city. Some workers in this field—25 percent—are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by most and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. Female Addiction Counselors are more prevalent than men—63 percent of professionals in this field are women. Job satisfaction for Addiction Counselors is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Addiction Counselor Salary (?
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$24,723 - $48,635
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MEDIAN: $34,971
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Addiction Counselor Salary (?
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$24,723 - $48,635  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,043  
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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$24,424 - $48,311  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 130
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.09 - $22.21  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $34.89  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
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$0.00 - $2,043  
   
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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$24,424 - $48,311  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 92
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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 correlate with a rise in salary. Typically, lower-level Addiction Counselors earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor.

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Pay by Experience Level for Addiction Counselor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Addiction Counselors, experience and pay seem to be weakly connected; experience does not necessarily lead to more money. Salaries increase to $36K from around $33K after five to 10 years. Compensation is $37K after 10 to 20 years. After 20 years of work in the field, Addiction Counselors typically earn $47K and go on to enjoy (slight) increases in earnings. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 16 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five. Most of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

Pay Difference By Location

Baltimore
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National Average
$35,000
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Baltimore is home to an above-average pay rate for Addiction Counselors, 7 percent higher than the national average. Addiction Counselors will also find cushy salaries in Indianapolis (+1 percent).

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Experience Affects Addiction Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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$35,000
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Skills That Affect Addiction Counselor Salaries

Case Management
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Counseling
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National Average
$35,000

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
63%
female alumni
 
Male
37%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 25%
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