Entry-Level Substance Abuse Counselor Salary

Entry-Level Substance Abuse Counselors may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $34K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. There are more female Entry-Level Substance Abuse Counselors who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 69 percent. Most Entry-Level Substance Abuse Counselors report high levels of job satisfaction. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and a majority have dental coverage, about a fourth claim no health benefits at all. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$25,743 - $44,017
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$26K
$34K
$44K
MEDIAN: $33,577
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$10.83 - $20.45
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$25,743 - $44,017  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,022  
Profit Sharing
$1,255  
Commission
$2,500  
Total Pay (?
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$24,799 - $43,762  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 864
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$10.83 - $20.45  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$7.14 - $29.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,022  
   
Commission
$2,500  
Profit Sharing
$1,255  
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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$24,799 - $43,762  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 673
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Entry-Level Substance Abuse Counselors flock to The Salvation Army for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $33K lead the pack in compensation.

The lowest salaries can be found at Colonial Management Group, LLC — median pay is $32K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $28K and only reaching $36K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $32,504

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

For Entry-Level Substance Abuse Counselors, New York provides a pay rate that is 11 percent greater than the national average. Entry-Level Substance Abuse Counselors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Charlotte (+11 percent), Birmingham (+8 percent), San Diego (+6 percent), and Boston (+5 percent). In Tampa, salaries are 15 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Houston (12 percent less) and Atlanta (9 percent less).

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 Substance Abuse Counselor Salaries

Group Therapy
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Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
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Counseling
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National Average
$33,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 174 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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