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Chemical Dependency Counselor Salary

Chemical Dependency Counselors in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $36K annually on average. Earnings sit near $26K on the lower side but can approach $46K per year on the higher side. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Women account for the majority of Chemical Dependency Counselors who responded to the questionnaire — 68 percent to be exact. The majority of Chemical Dependency Counselors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, roughly a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by more than half. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$26,083 - $45,654
(Median)
$26K
$36K
$46K
MEDIAN: $35,913
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$11.85 - $21.97
(Median)
$12
$17
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$26,083 - $45,654  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $970  
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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$25,542 - $45,743  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 212
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.85 - $21.97  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $33.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $970  
   
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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$25,542 - $45,743  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 198
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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

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

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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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Chemical Dependency Counselors who took the survey. Counseling and Case Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. It is not unusual for someone who knows Case Management to be familiar with Counseling as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Chemical Dependency Counselor

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


Chemical Dependency Counselors with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average beginner in this position makes around $33K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $39K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $40K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $42K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Chemical Dependency Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Chemical Dependency Counselor Salaries

Counseling
up arrow 1%

Case Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$36,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 108 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 24%
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