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. The pay spectrum stretches from $24K to $50K per year. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by a little more than half. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Women Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$25,431 - $50,183
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$25K
$36K
$50K
MEDIAN: $36,221
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$10.38 - $22.58
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$23
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$25,431 - $50,183  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,054  
Total Pay (?
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$24,404 - $49,990  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 434
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.38 - $22.58  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.08  
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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$24,404 - $49,990  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 387
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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 usually report a few 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. It is often found that people who know Case Management are 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.


Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $32K, 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. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $42K.

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Experience Affects Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

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 153 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
10%

Common Health Benefits

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