Chemical Dependency Counselor Salary

Pay for Chemical Dependency Counselors in the United States is very modest at just $36K per year. Compensation ranges from $26K on the lower end to $46K per year on the higher end. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While some workers in this profession — nearly one in four — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. Most Chemical Dependency Counselors report high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of Chemical Dependency Counselors (69 percent) who took the survey are female. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$26,168 - $45,905
(Median)
$26K
$36K
$46K
MEDIAN: $35,927
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$11.85 - $21.98
(Median)
$12
$17
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$26,168 - $45,905  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $968  
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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$25,608 - $45,859  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 208
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.85 - $21.98  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $33.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $968  
   
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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$25,608 - $45,859  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 195
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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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As Chemical Dependency Counselors make advancements in their career path, their salaries may not change right away. For example, the higher-level Mental Health Counselor position pays around the same amount as the Chemical Dependency Counselor job on average.

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Survey takers who work as Chemical Dependency Counselors usually report a few specific 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.


For Chemical Dependency Counselors, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $33K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $38K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $40K. 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 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
0%

National Average
$36,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 100 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
53%
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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