Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor Salary

Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors in the United States can expect wages of $16.36 per hour on average. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. There are more female Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 64 percent. For the most part, Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — slightly less than a third lack coverage. On the flip side, a majority have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,058 - $49,964
$28K
$39K
$50K
MEDIAN: $38,570
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$11.96 - $24.78
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MEDIAN: $16.36
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$28,058 - $49,964  
   
Bonus
$100.67 - $2,936  
Total Pay (?
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$26,358 - $50,834  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 310
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.96 - $24.78  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$10.30 - $35.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$100.67 - $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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$26,358 - $50,834  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 313

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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 usually report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Group Therapy, Case Management, and Counseling can expect to be compensated well for these skills. For most people, competency in Case Management indicates knowledge of 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.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $35K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $39K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $43K in this role. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make no more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,941

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

With a pay rate for Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors that is 33 percent greater than the national average, Baltimore offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+25 percent), New York (+19 percent), Minneapolis (+8 percent), and Philadelphia (+6 percent). Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors in Atlanta earn salaries far below the national average by 21 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Employers pay around 17 percent less in Des Moines and 14 percent less in Sacramento, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

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
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%

▲5%

National Average
$37,000

▼6%

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 75 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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