The average Certified Addiction Counselor in the United States earns approximately $15.66 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, over a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by a little over a half. The majority of Certified Addiction Counselors (61 percent) who took the survey are women. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$26,451 - $50,677
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$38K
$51K
MEDIAN: $37,675
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$11.69 - $24.81
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$26,451 - $50,677  
   
Bonus
$1,000  
Total Pay (?
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$25,205 - $50,564  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 49
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$11.69 - $24.81  
   
Overtime
$22.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$1,000  
   
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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$25,205 - $50,564  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 60

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Job Description for Certified Addiction Counselor

  • Gather information about patients using interviews, case histories, observations and assessments.
  • Facilitate and lead group and education sessions.
  • Manage caseload and documentation.
  • Develop individual intervention, treatment and recovery plans.
  • Perform chemical dependency evaluations for patients.

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Popular Skills for Certified Addiction Counselor


Certified Addiction Counselors typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Those who have experience with Group Therapy, Counseling, and Case Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Case Management. Most people skilled in Counseling are similarly competent in Case Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Addiction Counselor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Certified Addiction Counselors. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $32K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $38K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $40K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $49K.

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Key Stats for Certified Addiction Counselor

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.
054
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Certified Addiction Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 38%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$35,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Certified Addiction Counselor Salaries



National Average
$35,000

Case Management
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 62%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 37%
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