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Entry-Level Substance Abuse Counselor Salary

Those pursuing careers as Entry-Level Substance Abuse Counselors may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $33K per year. Residence and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Entry-Level Substance Abuse Counselors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Female Entry-Level Substance Abuse Counselors are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (68 percent) are women. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, about a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the greater part and dental insurance is reported by more than half. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$25,210 - $43,741
(Median)
$25K
$33K
$44K
MEDIAN: $32,613
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$10.51 - $20.37
(Median)
$11
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$25,210 - $43,741  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,013  
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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$24,321 - $43,618  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 756
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.51 - $20.37  
   
Overtime
$7.25 - $29.24  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,013  
   
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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$24,321 - $43,618  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 561

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Entry-Level Substance Abuse Counselors will find that Minneapolis offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 29 percent. Entry-Level Substance Abuse Counselors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+11 percent), Memphis (+6 percent), San Diego (+5 percent), and Boston (+3 percent). With compensation 14 percent below the national average, Tampa is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Los Angeles (10 percent lower) and Atlanta (6 percent lower).

Substance Abuse Counselor Advice

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

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.

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Substance Abuse Counselor Salaries

Group Therapy
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Counseling
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Facilitator
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National Average
$32,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 214 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 27%
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