The average wage for a Certified Peer Specialist is $12.74 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 10 years' experience in this career. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least. A skill in Counseling is associated with high pay for this job.

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MEDIAN: $31,257
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Salary
$21,940 - $44,517  
   
Bonus
$98.63 - $8,940  
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$20,549 - $38,651  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 99
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.76 - $16.50  
   
Overtime
$11.97 - $26.05  
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$98.63 - $8,940  
   
Total Pay (?
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$20,549 - $38,651  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 300
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Job Description for Certified Peer Specialist

Certified peer specialists are tasked with developing and teaching ways to help people cope with mental illnesses. Promoting values that hint toward recovery, such as positive reinforcement, independence, and wellness, is a large part of this job, and these specialists must also influence the behaviors of patients, listening to those that need an ear, and serve as a role model.

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Certified Peer Specialist Tasks

  • Document interactions, goals, outcomes, and resources.
  • Lead introspective and networking activities and events.
  • Teach and mentor individuals on identified topics.
  • Meet individually and in groups to encourage and support designated peers.
  • Model skills and behaviors.

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What is it like working as a Certified Peer Specialist?

Certified Peer Specialist in Snow Hill:
"Overwhelming Rewarding."
Pros: Everyday I come to work and know that I am making a difference. I know when I finish my day someone has had some form of change of thinking about addiction. Most of my coworkers are fantastic people and very supportive of me.
Cons: Stress.

Certified Peer Specialist in Oak Ridge:
"Incredibly Rewarding, High Stress Level."
Pros: Working with Clients. Giving back to Help those that helped me.
Cons: It can be a very high stress level enviroment.

Certified Peer Specialist in Boulder:
"I get paid with satisfaction, not financial compensation."
Pros: It's amazing to work with such amazing minds and co-workers who truly want to help.
Cons: The pay SUCKS and no one could live on this salary.

Certified Peer Specialist in Brooklyn:
"I enjoy my career have been doing it for many years."
Pros: Sharing my life experience with other Veterans and letting them know that if I can make it, with my mental illness so can they.
Cons: The commute is to much at times.

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Experience Affects Certified Peer Specialist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$28,000


Skills That Affect Certified Peer Specialist Salaries

Counseling
up arrow 14%

Group Therapy
up arrow 9%

Health and Wellness
up arrow 4%

National Average
$28,000

Mentoring
up arrow 4%

Facilitator
up arrow 4%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 6%

Documentation
up arrow 8%

Patient Counseling
up arrow 8%

Client Interaction
up arrow 10%

Case Management
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
67%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 36%
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