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Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor Salary

Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $36K annually on average. The pay spectrum stretches from $24K to $50K per year. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under a third lack any form of coverage — but more than half have medical insurance, and over one-half have dental, too. Most Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Women Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$25,335 - $50,196
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$25K
$36K
$50K
MEDIAN: $36,071
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$10.35 - $22.40
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$22
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$25,335 - $50,196  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,250  
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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$24,292 - $49,778  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 434
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.35 - $22.40  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,250  
   
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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$24,292 - $49,778  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 388

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Job Description for Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor

A Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor can work in inpatient as well as outpatient centers, as well as with colleges, job corps, correction facilities or in any place that deals with chemically addicted individuals. These counselors may do either one-on-one or group therapy sessions. They may have to screen individuals for placement in a treatment program and do preliminary assessments on addiction related conditions. Individuals seeking a job as a certified drug and alcohol counselor must have a Bachelor's degree, at the very least, and be certified and/or licensed in the state where they are seeking employment.

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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


Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Those who have experience with Group Therapy, Counseling, and Case Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Case Management. Those familiar with Case Management also tend to 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $31K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $36K. Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $40K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $42K on average.

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Experience Affects Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor Salaries

Group Therapy
up arrow 1%

Counseling
0%

National Average
$35,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 155 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 28%
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