Chemical Dependency Counselor Salary

Chemical Dependency Counselors in the United States take home approximately $17.66 per hour on average. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Chemical Dependency Counselors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — slightly less than a fourth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. Female Chemical Dependency Counselors are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (67 percent) are women. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,297 - $50,083
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
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$29,297 - $50,083  
   
Bonus
$24.92 - $2,909  
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$27,850 - $49,484  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 173
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Hourly Rate
$12.29 - $22.95  
   
Overtime
$14.93 - $33.22  
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$0$24K$48K$72K
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$24.92 - $2,909  
   
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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$27,850 - $49,484  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 183

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Job Description for Chemical Dependency Counselor

Chemical Dependency Counselors are people who help those suffering from drug addiction, alcoholism, and other chemical dependencies. They can be someone's sole lifeline when a person decides to start their recovery process. Counselors help to find the roots of their clients' dependency and form a trusting relationship so that they can assist them through a treatment program. Depending on the client's circumstances, treatment options can vary, so a chemical dependency counselor should be knowledgeable about the many methods of treating addiction.

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Chemical Dependency Counselor Tasks

  • Develop individual intervention, treatment and recovery plans.
  • Perform chemical dependency evaluations for patients.
  • Manage caseload and documentation.
  • Gather information about patients using interviews, case histories, observations and assessments.
  • Facilitate and lead group and education sessions.

Common Career Paths for Chemical Dependency Counselor


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Chemical Dependency Counselors sometimes move into a Mental Health Counselor role, where the salary is similar.

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Popular Skills for Chemical Dependency Counselor


Professional skills reported by Chemical Dependency Counselors are few in number. Those who have experience with Group Therapy, Counseling, and Case Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Most people experienced in Case Management also know Group Therapy.

Pay by Experience Level for Chemical Dependency Counselor

Pay by Experience for a Chemical Dependency Counselor has a positive trend. An entry-level Chemical Dependency Counselor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 205 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Chemical Dependency Counselor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 91 salaries. An experienced Chemical Dependency Counselor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 67 salaries. A Chemical Dependency Counselor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 26 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $38,266

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Chemical Dependency Counselors, Seattle provides a pay rate that is 20 percent greater than the national average. Chemical Dependency Counselors will also find cushy salaries in St. Paul (+17 percent), Minneapolis (+15 percent), Everett (+5 percent), and Rochester (+3 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Austin, 13 percent below the national average. On the whole, employers pay 13 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Cleveland and Spokane.

Chemical Dependency Counselor Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Chemical Dependency Counselor?

Chemical Dependency Counselor in Minneapolis:
"Wonderfully and Emotionally Rewarding Job!!"
Pros: Working with clients, and helping make positive life changes.
Cons: The pay is not so great.

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Key Stats for Chemical Dependency Counselor

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 61 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Chemical Dependency Counselor Salaries

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National Average
$38,000

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Skills That Affect Chemical Dependency Counselor Salaries


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National Average
$38,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
no benefits
None: 23%
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