Chemical Dependency Counselor Salary

Pay for Chemical Dependency Counselors in the United States is very modest at just $37K per year. The bottom of the pay range sits near $26K, and the top verges on $47K per year. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and roughly one in four lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by the greater part. Women make up the majority of Chemical Dependency Counselors (68 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Chemical Dependency Counselors. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$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' 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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Popular Skills for Chemical Dependency Counselor


Professional skills reported by Chemical Dependency Counselors are few in number. Those who have experience with Group Therapy, Counseling, and Case Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills. 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.


For many Chemical Dependency Counselors, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $34K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $39K. Chemical Dependency Counselors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $40K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $41K on average.

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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
up arrow 1%

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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