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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 per year. Pay ranges from $24K on the low end to $50K per year on the high end. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 58 percent. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — slightly less than a third lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and over one-half receive dental plans. Work is enjoyable for Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$25,304 - $50,232
(Median)
$25K
$36K
$50K
MEDIAN: $36,197
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$10.32 - $22.43
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$22
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$25,304 - $50,232  
   
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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$24,261 - $49,858  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 431
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.32 - $22.43  
   
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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$24,261 - $49,858  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 382
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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


Professional skills reported by Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors are few in number. 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. 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.


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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $32K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $36K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $40K. Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $42K.

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Experience Affects Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

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
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 29%
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