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Chemical Dependency Counselor Salary

Chemical Dependency Counselors in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $36K annually. The bottom of the pay range sits near $25K, and the top verges on $45K per year. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly one in four of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. There are more female Chemical Dependency Counselors who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 67 percent. The majority of Chemical Dependency Counselors claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
$25,841 - $45,003
(Median)
$26K
$36K
$45K
MEDIAN: $35,568
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$11.45 - $21.80
(Median)
$11
$17
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$25,841 - $45,003  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $519  
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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$25,218 - $45,359  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 214
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.45 - $21.80  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.81  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $519  
   
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).
)
$25,218 - $45,359  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 205
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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 transition into upper-level roles, like Mental Health Counselors, they often do not see a change in salary. Mental Health Counselors earn the same amount as Chemical Dependency Counselors on average.

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Chemical Dependency Counselors only report a few specific skills. Counseling and Case Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Case Management and Counseling are also commonly seen together.

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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $32K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $38K. On average, Chemical Dependency Counselors make $40K following one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average Chemical Dependency Counselor generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $42K.

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Experience Affects Chemical Dependency Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Chemical Dependency Counselor Salaries

Counseling
up arrow 1%

Case Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$35,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 114 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 24%