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 $39K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, just under one in four claim no health benefits at all. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$29,246 - $50,102
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$29K
$39K
$50K
MEDIAN: $38,700
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$12.54 - $22.23
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$13
$17
$22
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$29,246 - $50,102  
   
Bonus
$24.66 - $2,185  
Total Pay (?
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$27,899 - $48,858  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 159
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.54 - $22.23  
   
Overtime
$14.79 - $34.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$24.66 - $2,185  
   
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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$27,899 - $48,858  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 157
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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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As Chemical Dependency Counselors transition into upper-level roles like Mental Health Counselors, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Mental Health Counselors earn the same amount as Chemical Dependency Counselors on average.

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Popular Skills for Chemical Dependency Counselor


Survey results show that Chemical Dependency Counselors typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with Group Therapy, Counseling, and Case Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills. The majority of those who know Case Management also know Group Therapy.

Pay by Experience Level for Chemical Dependency Counselor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $34K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $41K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $42K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $39K.

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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

Experienced
up arrow 12%


Late-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$38,000


Skills That Affect Chemical Dependency Counselor Salaries

Group Therapy
up arrow 4%

Counseling
up arrow 1%

Case Management
0%

National Average
$38,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 52 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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