Chemical Dependency Counselor Salary

Chemical Dependency Counselors in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $39K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — approximately one-fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. Most Chemical Dependency Counselors report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$29,261 - $50,227
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$39K
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MEDIAN: $38,949
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$12.21 - $22.87
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MEDIAN: $17.35
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$29,261 - $50,227  
   
Bonus
$24.75 - $2,959  
Total Pay (?
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$27,588 - $49,552  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 167
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.21 - $22.87  
   
Overtime
$14.79 - $34.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$24.75 - $2,959  
   
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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$27,588 - $49,552  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 167

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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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As Chemical Dependency Counselors transition into upper-level roles like Mental Health Counselors, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Mental Health Counselors earn the same amount as Chemical Dependency Counselors on average.

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Popular Skills for Chemical Dependency Counselor


Chemical Dependency Counselors note just a narrow range of job skills. Those who have experience with Group Therapy, Counseling, and Case Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Those proficient in Case Management are, more often than not, also skilled in Group Therapy.

Pay by Experience Level for Chemical Dependency Counselor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $35K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $41K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $42K. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Chemical Dependency Counselors report making only $40K on average.

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
69 %
Male
31 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 55 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Chemical Dependency Counselor Salaries

▲11%

▲9%

Late-Career
▲6%

National Average
$38,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Chemical Dependency Counselor Salaries


Counseling
▼0%

National Average
$38,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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