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Entry-Level Substance Abuse Counselor Salary (United States)

An Entry-Level Substance Abuse Counselor earns an average salary of $31,725 per year.
Entry-Level Substance Abuse Counselor Salary (?
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$25,067 - $42,987
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MEDIAN: $31,724
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Entry-Level Substance Abuse Counselor Salary (?
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$10.20 - $20.07
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$25,067 - $42,987  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,011  
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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$23,820 - $42,785  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 702
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.20 - $20.07  
   
Overtime
$4.79 - $28.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
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$0.00 - $1,011  
   
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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$23,820 - $42,785  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 524
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Pay Difference By Location

New York
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San Diego
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Memphis
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Dallas
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Boston
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National Average
$31,000
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Substance Abuse Counselor Advice

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

Counseling
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Facilitator
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Case Management
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National Average
$31,000

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
66%
female alumni
 
Male
34%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 28%