Entry-Level Substance Abuse Counselor Salary

Entry-Level Substance Abuse Counselors are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $36K annually on average. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under one in three lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. Work is enjoyable for Entry-Level Substance Abuse Counselors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Female Entry-Level Substance Abuse Counselors make up most of the survey respondents at 71 percent. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$27,978 - $46,051
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$36K
$46K
MEDIAN: $35,705
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$11.74 - $20.50
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$27,978 - $46,051  
   
Bonus
$241.44 - $4,085  
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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$25,553 - $44,964  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 656
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.74 - $20.50  
   
Overtime
$15.14 - $31.98  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$241.44 - $4,085  
   
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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$25,553 - $44,964  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 648

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Colonial Management Group, LLC, The Salvation Army, Gateway Foundation, Inc., Behavioral Health Group, and Hina Mauka are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Entry-Level Substance Abuse Counselors. Hina Mauka offers the largest salaries in town — $37K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,091

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, 9 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Substance Abuse Counselors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+8 percent), Chicago (+4 percent), Birmingham (+3 percent), and Cincinnati (+1 percent). With compensation 13 percent below the national average, Atlanta is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. On the whole, employers pay 12 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Houston and Las Vegas.

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
71 %
Male
29 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 146 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
76%
5-9 years
15%
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Skills That Affect Substance Abuse Counselor Salaries

Counseling
▼0%

Group Therapy
▼0%

National Average
$34,000



▼2%

Patient Counseling
▼2%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
▼3%

Bilingual
▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 146 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
no benefits
None: 29%
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