Substance Abuse Counselor Salary (United States)

The average salary for a Substance Abuse Counselor is $34,046 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
Substance Abuse Counselor Salary (?
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$25,864 - $47,999
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MEDIAN: $34,046
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Substance Abuse Counselor Salary (?
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$10.86 - $21.41
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$25,864 - $47,999  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,024  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $3,250  
Commission
$0.00 - $5,000  
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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$24,869 - $47,081  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,118
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.86 - $21.41  
   
Overtime
$1.43 - $29.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,024  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $5,000  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $3,250  
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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$24,869 - $47,081  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 763
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Job Description for Substance Abuse Counselor

Substance abuse counselors play a very important role in today's society. They provide individual and group therapy for those who may be suffering from addictions. They can work in healthcare facilities, rehabilitation facilities, correctional facilities, and community and social agencies. Substance abuse counselors provide prevention, crisis care, and recovery services. Some counselors also work with the families of those who are addicted. They help people with many addictions, including addiction to alcohol, drugs, and gambling, as well as eating disorders. They interview the patients, administer periodic drug tests, and conduct counseling sessions. Counselors will need to develop individual intervention, treatment, and recovery plans for each patient. They facilitate and lead group and education sessions. They will gather their information by administrating interviews, case histories, observations, and assessments. Substance abuse counselors have large caseloads and documentation to manage. These counselors will have to perform substance abuse or other disorder evaluations for each individual patient. When the patients are ready to leave treatment, the counselor must continue to help them by developing aftercare programs and follow-up procedures. Some states only require a high school diploma and certification for employment to become a substance abuse counselor. However, most states require counselors to have a license. Becoming a substance abuse counselor can be a very challenging, demanding, and rewarding occupation. Substance abuse counselors help others with problems that they may be facing and help them to move forward in their life. This occupation requires patience, compassion, and a strong desire to help others in crisis. Substance abuse counselors can change the future for those who seek their help.
Substance Abuse 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 substance abuse or other disorder evaluations for patients.

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Substance Abuse Counselor Reviews

What is it like working as a Substance Abuse Counselor at The Salvation Army?
Substance Abuse Counselor in Chicago:
"My Work."
Pros: I can help others, using the skills I have learned, such as CBT, Motivational Interviewing and good documentation skills. I meet many different people, every day is a little different. I have a good bond with my co-workers. I have a lot of independence, as long as I get my job done.
Cons: The lack of income, I need more income at this time, and there are no raises/bonuses given.
What is it like working as a Substance Abuse Counselor?
Substance Abuse Counselor in Westminster:
"Changing Lives."
Pros: Working in this field is very rewarding. I have the opportunity to effect peoples live in a positive way. I have the opportunity to be apart of that individual getting their life back and also their families.
Cons: It can be emotionally draining. This is why it is imperative to take care of yourself mentally, emotionally and physically.

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Experience Affects Substance Abuse Counselor Salaries

National Average
$33,000

Skills That Affect Substance Abuse Counselor Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 463 votes.

Gender

Female
66%
female alumni
 
Male
34%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 27%