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 tenure. Women make up a slight majority of Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors (57 percent) survey respondents. Some workers in this field — slightly less than a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by a little more than half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$25,506 - $50,150
(Median)
$26K
$36K
$50K
MEDIAN: $36,187
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$10.37 - $22.51
(Median)
$10
$15
$23
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$25,506 - $50,150  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,054  
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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$24,450 - $49,834  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 437
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.37 - $22.51  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,054  
   
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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$24,450 - $49,834  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 385
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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 report a narrow range of specific skills. Those who have experience with Group Therapy, Counseling, and Case Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Case Management. The majority of those 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher 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. After working for 10 to 20 years, Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors make a median salary of $40K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $42K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor Salaries

Counseling
0%

Group Therapy
0%

National Average
$35,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 154 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
17%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 28%
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