Median pay for Recovery Support Specialists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $13.35 per hour. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and about one in four lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by a majority. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Recovery Support Specialists making up 74 percent. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$25,863 - $48,336
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MEDIAN: $35,682
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$9.99 - $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$25,863 - $48,336  
   
Bonus
$1,048 - $8,250  
Total Pay (?
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$21,516 - $45,651  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 67
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Hourly Rate
$9.99 - $19.00  
   
Overtime
$15.21 - $27.68  
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Bonus
$1,048 - $8,250  
   
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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$21,516 - $45,651  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 139
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Job Description for Recovery Support Specialist

Recovery support specialists provide care for individuals recovering from substance abuse issues. These professionals perform a number of patient-related responsibilities such as conducting assessments, leading group sessions, helping develop life skills, and potentially facilitating interventions. Most of the recovery support specialist's work takes place in a facility equipped to handle substance abuse issues (such as a rehabilitation facility), though these specialists may perform outpatient- and intervention-related duties in alternative settings; in these cases, reliable transportation to reach alternate sites is necessary.

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Recovery Support Specialist 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 substance abuse or other disorder evaluations for patients.

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What is it like working as a Recovery Support Specialist?

Recovery Support Specialist in Ronkonkoma:
"What it's like."
Pros: Supporting others. Making a difference. Changing lives and encouraging others who don't believe in themselves.
Cons: Poor communication amongst staff. Miscommunication. Lack of supervision.

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Experience Affects Recovery Support Specialist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 25%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$30,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Recovery Support Specialist Salaries

Health and Wellness
up arrow 10%

Oral / Verbal Communication
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National Average
$30,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
medical benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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