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Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselor Salary (United States)

The average salary for an Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselor is $32,896 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases somewhat, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay.
Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselor Salary (?
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$25,793 - $44,698
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $32,896
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Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselor Salary (?
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$9.62 - $21.67
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$25,793 - $44,698  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,945  
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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$22,602 - $46,287  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 102
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.62 - $21.67  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $24.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,945  
   
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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$22,602 - $46,287  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 80
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Job Description for Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselor

An alcohol and drug addiction counselor manages cases for patients and recommends/administers various programs to help them recover. The counselor will administer tests and analyses to the patient by interview in order to determine the severity of the case and what should be done to resolve it.
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Alcohol and Drug 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.

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Experience Affects Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselor Salaries

Mid-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$33,000
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
58%
female alumni
 
Male
42%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 26%