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Chemical Dependency Counselor Salary

Those pursuing careers as Chemical Dependency Counselors in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $36K annually. Compensation ranges from $25K on the lower end to $45K per year on the higher end. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Female Chemical Dependency Counselors are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (68 percent) are women. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Chemical Dependency Counselors. Some workers in this field — nearly one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$25,905 - $45,115
(Median)
$26K
$36K
$45K
MEDIAN: $35,625
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$11.70 - $21.85
(Median)
$12
$17
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$25,905 - $45,115  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $966  
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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$25,370 - $45,368  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 210
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.70 - $21.85  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $33.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $966  
   
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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$25,370 - $45,368  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 201

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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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Chemical Dependency Counselors who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Counseling and Case Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Case Management and Counseling are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $32K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $38K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Chemical Dependency Counselors make a median salary of $40K. 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 17%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

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 110 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
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: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 24%
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