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Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor Salary

Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $36K annually. The pay spectrum stretches from $24K to $49K per year. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Women Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Although more than half have medical coverage and a little more than half have dental coverage, slightly less than a third claim no health benefits at all. Work is enjoyable for Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$24,861 - $49,945
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MEDIAN: $35,692
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$10.30 - $22.01
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$24,861 - $49,945  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,033  
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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$24,040 - $49,398  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 406
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.30 - $22.01  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,033  
   
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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$24,040 - $49,398  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 384
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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 focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Group Therapy, Counseling, and Case Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that pay less than market rate include Case Management. Most people familiar with 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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $31K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $36K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $40K. Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $42K.

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Experience Affects Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor Salaries

Group Therapy
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Counseling
0%

National Average
$34,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 169 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 28%