Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor Salary

Those pursuing careers as Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $36K annually. Pay generally varies between $25K and $50K per year. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Women make up a slight majority of Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors (57 percent) survey respondents. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, one-fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by slightly more than half. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$25,424 - $49,950
(Median)
$25K
$36K
$50K
MEDIAN: $36,166
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50%
90%

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$10.75 - $22.72
(Median)
$11
$15
$23
MEDIAN: $15.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$25,424 - $49,950  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,016  
Profit Sharing
$150.00  
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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$24,679 - $49,901  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 479
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.75 - $22.72  
   
Hourly Tips
$34.25  
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,016  
   
Profit Sharing
$150.00  
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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$24,679 - $49,901  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 437
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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


Typical Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Counseling, Group Therapy, and Case Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Case Management and Group Therapy. 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.


For Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $32K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $37K. Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $40K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $42K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%



National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor Salaries

Counseling
0%

National Average
$35,000

Group Therapy
up arrow 3%

Case Management
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 149 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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