Chemical Dependency Counselor Salary

Chemical Dependency Counselors in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $36K annually. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $26K and $46K per year. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — nearly one in four lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$26,427 - $46,001

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$11.81 - $21.90

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$26,427 - $46,001  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $970  
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$25,649 - $45,789  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 205
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.81 - $21.90  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $33.45  
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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$25,649 - $45,789  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 194
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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 may not see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as Mental Health Counselor. Mental Health Counselors on average make about as much as Chemical Dependency Counselors do.

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Chemical Dependency Counselors report a focused set of job skills. Counseling and Case Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Experience with Case Management is often linked with knowledge of Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Chemical Dependency Counselor

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $33K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $38K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $40K in this role. Chemical Dependency Counselors who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $42K.

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Experience Affects Chemical Dependency Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

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 99 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 25%
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