Chemical Dependency Counselor Salary

Chemical Dependency Counselors in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $36K per year. Pay ranges from $26K on the low end to $46K per year on the high end. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Chemical Dependency Counselors (69 percent) who took the survey are women. Although approximately one-fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and the larger part get dental coverage, too. For the most part, Chemical Dependency Counselors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$26,153 - $45,936
(Median)
$26K
$36K
$46K
MEDIAN: $35,961
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$11.83 - $21.89
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$12
$17
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$26,153 - $45,936  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $968  
Total Pay (?
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$25,550 - $45,764  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 207
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.83 - $21.89  
   
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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$25,550 - $45,764  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 196
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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 tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like Mental Health Counselor. The two jobs pay about the same on average.

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Survey takers who work as Chemical Dependency Counselors typically report just a few professional skills. 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $33K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $38K. On average, Chemical Dependency Counselors make $40K following one to two decades on the job. 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 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 102 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
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 25%
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