Entry-Level Substance Abuse Counselor Salary

Earnings for Entry-Level Substance Abuse Counselors come in at around $15.64 per hour on average. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Entry-Level Substance Abuse Counselors making up 71 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Entry-Level Substance Abuse Counselors. Some workers in this field — slightly less than a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the greater part and dental plans are enjoyed by the larger part. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,045 - $46,366
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$36K
$46K
MEDIAN: $36,022
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$11.91 - $20.64
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$0$46K
Salary $28,045 - $46,366
Bonus $203.47 - $5,896
Profit Sharing $2,500
Total Pay (?
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$25,814 - $45,581
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 653
Hourly Data $0$31
Hourly Rate $11.91 - $20.64
Overtime $16.05 - $31.87
Annual Data $0$45K
Bonus $203.47 - $5,896
Profit Sharing $2,500
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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$25,814 - $45,581
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 659

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Substance Abuse Counselor Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Substance Abuse Counselor


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Entry-Level Substance Abuse Counselors include Colonial Management Group, LLC, The Salvation Army, Gateway Foundation, Inc., Behavioral Health Group, and Hina Mauka. Hina Mauka attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $37K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,562

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Entry-Level Substance Abuse Counselors, busy Charlotte offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 7 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Substance Abuse Counselors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+7 percent) and Chicago (+2 percent). Atlanta is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 15 percent. Workers in Houston and Las Vegas earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 13 percent.

Substance Abuse Counselor Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Substance Abuse Counselor in Chicago:
"Encourage Yourself."
My advice for a new Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist is simply to be encouraged! You'll spend a majority of your time in the schools in the community and speaking with community stakeholders about what you do and how you service the youth. I also highly recommend you be very versed at your tasks and responsibilities. You'll be interacting with everyone from possibly your next door neighbor to the Mayor. You don't want to be caught off guard appearing unlearned about your job. People are like dogs, they can sniff fear and every other true quality about you, from a mile away. In essence, be educated about Substances and it's effect on our youth and the family along with the community. At times, it'll be all on you and that's ok. Just remember, no one will voluntarily pat you on the back, so "encourage yourself!"

Substance Abuse Counselor in Atlanta:
This is a field that you must develop a compassion for and understanding of the grips of this disease.

Substance Abuse Counselor in Batavia:
"Strong boundaries."
Continue to develop and maintain strong boundaries with clients and supervisors. Most professionals in the field, in my experience, have their own trauma, mental health or substance abuse issues which can create barriers to you job performance.

Substance Abuse Counselor in Atlanta:
"Stay focused and open minded."
Always stay abreast of the policies and laws related to your job, research and have answers to the questions that your clients need to achieve their goals.

Substance Abuse Counselor in Anchorage:
"The Driving Stress."
It's wonderful to want to help someone out, especially when it has to do with the whole family, or maybe you just want the experience. That's your call. However, you can't just think it's going to be the most easiest job, even with your passion for people. One thing that I'm learning the hard way, is paperwork. I'm not the best at, but I supersede that with my counseling abilities. If I could just counsel and do half of the paperwork, I'd be alright. And paperwork comes by the truck loads. Now, it's not all so stressful, there are the moments that the biggest payment you receive is the job you're doing for the client and their families. However, if you plan on going into this field, learn to do paperwork. In the end it will be better. But beyond the paperwork, if you don't love people, don't even bother to apply.

Key Stats for Substance Abuse Counselor

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 160 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
76%
5-9 years
15%
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Skills That Affect Substance Abuse Counselor Salaries

National Average
$35,000

Group Therapy
▼1%

Counseling
▼2%



▼3%

Patient Counseling
▼4%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
▼4%

Bilingual
▼19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 160 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
no benefits
None: 29%
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