Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $38K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Although just under one in three lack health benefits of any kind, the larger part do enjoy medical insurance, and the greater part get dental coverage, too. The majority of Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors (60 percent) who took the survey are women. Job satisfaction for Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$27,849 - $49,874
(Median)
$28K
$38K
$50K
MEDIAN: $38,006
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$11.96 - $24.61
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$27,849 - $49,874  
   
Bonus
$9.93 - $2,959  
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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$26,212 - $50,594  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 313
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.96 - $24.61  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$10.30 - $35.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$9.93 - $2,959  
   
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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$26,212 - $50,594  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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

  • 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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Popular Skills for Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors who took the survey. Those who have experience with Group Therapy, Counseling, and Case Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Most people who know Case Management also know 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.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $35K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $39K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $43K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,772

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

For Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors, Baltimore provides a pay rate that is 34 percent greater than the national average. Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+16 percent), New York (+13 percent), San Francisco (+13 percent), and Minneapolis (+9 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Des Moines, 17 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Sacramento and Atlanta (15 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor Salaries




National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor Salaries

Group Therapy
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$37,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 70 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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