Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor Salary

Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors in the United States pull down an average of $16.33 per hour. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While just under one in three report receiving no health benefits, the greater part do receive medical coverage, and the larger part have dental, as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up the majority of Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors (63 percent) who completed the questionnaire. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$27,937 - $49,738
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MEDIAN: $38,450
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$11.96 - $24.67
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$27,937 - $49,738  
   
Bonus
$195.74 - $2,061  
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$26,334 - $50,491  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 291
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.96 - $24.67  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$10.30 - $35.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$195.74 - $2,061  
   
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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$26,334 - $50,491  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 304

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Job Description for Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor

Certified substance abuse counselors help clients overcome addiction to drugs, alcohol, or gambling. An evaluation of the patient’s addiction type and severity should be carried out before other services are administered; then, counseling services can be provided. These counselors help their patients to understand why addiction exists and what can be done to overcome it.

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Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor Tasks

  • Counsel individuals or groups and implements therapeutic treatment plans to resolve addictions to drugs or alcohol.
  • Maintain case history and progress notes while observing their patients.
  • Provide evaluations, interventions, and individual and group therapy to clients experiencing chemical abuse or chemical dependency.

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Popular Skills for Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor


Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors report a narrow range of specific skills. Those who have experience with Group Therapy, Case Management, and Counseling can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Those proficient in Case Management are, more often than not, also skilled in Group Therapy.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $34K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $39K. Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $43K. Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,810

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors, working in the bustling city of Baltimore has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+26 percent), New York (+20 percent), Minneapolis (+9 percent), and Philadelphia (+7 percent). Falling short of the national average by 17 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Des Moines. Workers in Atlanta and Sacramento earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (15 percent less and 13 percent less, respectively).

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Key Stats for Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 72 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor Salaries

▲17%

▲16%

▲6%

National Average
$37,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor Salaries


Counseling
▼0%

Case Management
▼0%

National Average
$37,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 72 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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