Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor Salary

Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors in the United States can expect to earn an average of $16.40 per hour. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors (63 percent) who took the survey are female. Job satisfaction for Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors is high. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under a third lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
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$27,969 - $50,156  
   
Bonus
$197.27 - $2,051  
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$26,667 - $50,614  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 287
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$12.11 - $24.56  
   
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Overtime
$14.92 - $34.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$197.27 - $2,051  
   
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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$26,667 - $50,614  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 319

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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


Survey takers who work as Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Group Therapy, Case Management, and Counseling can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Most people familiar with Case Management also know Group Therapy.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor

Pay by Experience for a Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor has a positive trend. An entry-level Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 370 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 193 salaries. An experienced Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 111 salaries. A Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 45 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,876

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

Baltimore is home to an above-average pay rate for Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors, 32 percent higher than the national average. 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). The smallest paychecks in the market, 17 percent south of the national average, can be found in Des Moines. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Atlanta (15 percent less) and Sacramento (13 percent less).

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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 75 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor Salaries

▲17%

▲16%

▲5%

National Average
$37,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor Salaries


Counseling
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Case Management
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National Average
$37,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 75 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
no benefits
None: 30%
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