The average salary for a Substance Abuse Counselor is $33,874 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
Substance Abuse Counselor Total Pay (?
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$25,685 - $47,398
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MEDIAN: $33,873
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Substance Abuse Counselor Total Pay (?
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$10.69 - $21.25
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$25,685 - $47,398  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,347  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,932  
Commission
$0.00 - $0.00  
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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$24,629 - $47,008  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,006
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$10.69 - $21.25  
   
Overtime
$1.73 - $29.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,347  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $0.00  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,932  
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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$24,629 - $47,008  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,006
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Substance Abuse Counselor
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Experience Affects Substance Abuse Counselor Salaries

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$33,000

Skills That Affect Substance Abuse Counselor Salaries

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National Average
$33,000
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Gender
Female
66%
female alumni
 
Male
34%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 27%
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