Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor Salary

Pay for Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors in the United States is very modest at just $36K per year. Earnings generally vary between $24K and $50K per year. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Just under one in three of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and slightly more than half claim dental coverage as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$25,381 - $50,096

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$10.36 - $22.54

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$25,381 - $50,096  
   
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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$24,414 - $49,892  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 432
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.36 - $22.54  
   
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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$24,414 - $49,892  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 391
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Job Description for Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor

Certified substance abuse counselors help clients overcome addiction to drugs, alcohol, or gambling. An evaluation of the patient’s addiction type and severity should be carried out before other services are administered; then, counseling services can be provided. These counselors help their patients to understand why addiction exists and what can be done to overcome it.

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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 takers who work as Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with Group Therapy, Counseling, and Case Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include 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.


For Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $32K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $36K. Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors bring in $40K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 21%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor Salaries

Group Therapy
0%

National Average
$35,000

Counseling
up arrow 1%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 151 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: 41% employee benefits None: 28%
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