Entry-Level Substance Abuse Counselor Salary

Entry-Level Substance Abuse Counselors can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $36K per year. The specific employer and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women account for the majority of Entry-Level Substance Abuse Counselors who responded to the questionnaire — 69 percent to be exact. Although just under a third lack health benefits of any kind, more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and the greater part get dental coverage, too. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Entry-Level Substance Abuse Counselors. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$27,175 - $45,427
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$36K
$45K
MEDIAN: $35,506
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$11.63 - $20.30
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MEDIAN: $15.27
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$27,175 - $45,427  
   
Bonus
$256.39 - $4,438  
Profit Sharing
$2,750  
Total Pay (?
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$25,354 - $44,473  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 672
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.63 - $20.30  
   
Overtime
$15.08 - $31.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$256.39 - $4,438  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,750  
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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$25,354 - $44,473  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 634

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Dominating the field, Colonial Management Group, LLC, The Salvation Army, Gateway Foundation, Inc., Behavioral Health Group, and Hina Mauka are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Entry-Level Substance Abuse Counselors. Entry-Level Substance Abuse Counselors flock to Hina Mauka for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $37K lead the pack in compensation.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $33,816

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

For those looking to make money, Entry-Level Substance Abuse Counselors in Charlotte enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 14 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Substance Abuse Counselors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+7 percent), Chicago (+6 percent), Birmingham (+4 percent), and Cincinnati (+2 percent). Atlanta is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 13 percent. Below-median salaries also turn up in Houston and Las Vegas (12 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

Substance Abuse Counselor Advice

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

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
69 %
Male
31 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 137 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
76%
5-9 years
14%
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Skills That Affect Substance Abuse Counselor Salaries


Counseling
▼0%

National Average
$34,000


▼1%


Patient Counseling
▼2%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
▼5%

Bilingual
▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 137 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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