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Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor Salary

Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $36K annually. Compensation ranges between $24K and $50K per year. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Just under one in three of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a majority report medical coverage and a little over a half claim dental coverage as well. The majority of Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up a slight majority of Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors (57 percent) survey respondents. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$25,245 - $50,362
(Median)
$25K
$36K
$50K
MEDIAN: $36,140
10%
50%
90%

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$10.41 - $22.27
(Median)
$10
$15
$22
MEDIAN: $15.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$25,245 - $50,362  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,075  
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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$24,362 - $49,838  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 428
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.41 - $22.27  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,075  
   
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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$24,362 - $49,838  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 383

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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


Survey results show that Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors typically report just a few professional 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. Most people experienced in 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $32K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $36K. Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $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 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

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 158 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
25%
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: 29%