Chemical Dependency Counselor Salary

Chemical Dependency Counselors in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $37K per year. Earnings sit near $26K on the lower side but can approach $47K per year on the higher side. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although a fair number have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, roughly one in four claim no health benefits at all. Female Chemical Dependency Counselors survey participants are more prevalent than men — 68 percent of professionals. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$27,137 - $46,548
(Median)
$27K
$37K
$47K
MEDIAN: $36,994
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$12.13 - $22.49
(Median)
$12
$17
$22
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$27,137 - $46,548  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $518  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$26,369 - $46,958  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 215
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.13 - $22.49  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $34.59  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $518  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$26,369 - $46,958  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 210
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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.

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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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Popular Skills for Chemical Dependency Counselor


Job skills reported by Chemical Dependency Counselors are limited. Those who have experience with Group Therapy, Counseling, and Case Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Many workers who know Case Management also know Counseling.

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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $34K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $39K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $40K in this role. Chemical Dependency Counselors who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $41K.

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What is it like working as a Chemical Dependency Counselor?

Chemical Dependency Counselor in Minneapolis:
"Wonderfully and Emotionally Rewarding Job!!"
Pros: Working with clients, and helping make positive life changes.
Cons: The pay is not so great.

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Experience Affects Chemical Dependency Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect Chemical Dependency Counselor Salaries

Group Therapy
up arrow 8%

Counseling
0%

National Average
$37,000

Case Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 95 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
medical benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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