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 from $25K on the lower end to $50K per year on the higher end. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 57 percent. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and a little over a half have dental coverage, close to one-fourth claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$25,424 - $49,950
(Median)
$25K
$36K
$50K
MEDIAN: $36,166
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90%

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$10.75 - $22.72
(Median)
$11
$15
$23
MEDIAN: $15.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$25,424 - $49,950  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,016  
Profit Sharing
$150.00  
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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$24,679 - $49,901  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 479
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.75 - $22.72  
   
Hourly Tips
$34.25  
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,016  
   
Profit Sharing
$150.00  
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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$24,679 - $49,901  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 437
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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


Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Counseling, Group Therapy, 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 and Group Therapy. Those familiar with Case Management also tend to 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.


Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. 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 $37K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors make a median salary of $40K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $42K.

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Experience Affects Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%



National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor Salaries

Counseling
0%

National Average
$35,000

Group Therapy
up arrow 3%

Case Management
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 149 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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