Entry-Level Substance Abuse Counselor Salary

Entry-Level Substance Abuse Counselors can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $33K per year. Location and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although a fair number have medical coverage and the larger part have dental coverage, close to a fourth claim no health benefits at all. Most Entry-Level Substance Abuse Counselors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Women make up the majority of Entry-Level Substance Abuse Counselors (67 percent) who completed the questionnaire. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$25,326 - $43,816

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$10.67 - $20.36

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National Salary Data (?
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$25,326 - $43,816  
   
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$0.00 - $1,018  
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$24,442 - $43,691  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 789
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$10.67 - $20.36  
   
Overtime
$6.86 - $29.15  
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$0.00 - $1,018  
   
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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$24,442 - $43,691  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 596
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The Salvation Army leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $33K.

Pay Difference by Location


New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Entry-Level Substance Abuse Counselors, 11 percent higher than the national average. Entry-Level Substance Abuse Counselors will also find cushy salaries in Birmingham (+9 percent), San Diego (+7 percent), Boston (+5 percent), and Raleigh (+4 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 14 percent south of the national average, can be found in Tampa. Employers in Los Angeles and Atlanta also lean toward paying below-median salaries (12 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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

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National Average
$32,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 197 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Common Health Benefits

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