Addiction Counselor Salary

Addiction Counselors in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $36K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and half have dental coverage, slightly less than a third claim no health benefits at all. Female Addiction Counselors are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (63 percent) are women. Most Addiction Counselors like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,641 - $50,751
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$26K
$36K
$51K
MEDIAN: $35,895
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$12.32 - $25.10
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,641 - $50,751  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,936  
Total Pay (?
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$25,942 - $51,885  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 176
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.32 - $25.10  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $35.86  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,936  
   
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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$25,942 - $51,885  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 128
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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 results show that Addiction Counselors typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with Case Management, Counseling, and Group Therapy can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Most people experienced in 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. During the first five years of their careers, Addiction Counselors see a median income of $34K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $37K. For Addiction Counselors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $40K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $52K on average.

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Experience Affects Addiction Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 45%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Addiction Counselor Salaries

Case Management
up arrow 4%

Counseling
up arrow 2%

Group Therapy
up arrow 2%

National Average
$36,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

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: 72% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 28%
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