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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 $35K per year on average. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $25K and $45K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Chemical Dependency Counselors is high. The majority of Chemical Dependency Counselors (68 percent) who took the survey are female. Although approximately one-fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$25,797 - $44,610
(Median)
$26K
$35K
$45K
MEDIAN: $35,464
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50%
90%

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$11.61 - $21.84
(Median)
$12
$17
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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90%

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National Salary 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$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$25,797 - $44,610  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $514  
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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$25,270 - $45,127  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 210
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.61 - $21.84  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $33.45  
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$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $514  
   
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).
)
$25,270 - $45,127  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 202

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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' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like Mental Health Counselor. On average, Mental Health Counselors get paid about the same 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. Those with knowledge of Case Management tend to be skilled in 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 a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. 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. After working for 10 to 20 years, Chemical Dependency Counselors make a median salary of $39K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $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
$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 111 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 24%