Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor Salary

Average Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors in the United States make around $16.61 per hour. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (65 percent) are women. Just under a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the greater part report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. Job satisfaction for Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$28,954 - $50,178
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MEDIAN: $39,613
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$12.03 - $24.38
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Salary $28,954 - $50,178
Bonus $197.27 - $2,970
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$26,696 - $50,623
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 256
Hourly Data $0$36
Hourly Rate $12.03 - $24.38
Hourly Tips $0.00
Overtime $15.51 - $36.86
Annual Data $0$50K
Bonus $197.27 - $2,970
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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$26,696 - $50,623
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 300

Job Description for Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor

Certified substance abuse counselors help clients overcome addiction to drugs, alcohol, or gambling. An evaluation of the patient’s addiction type and severity should be carried out before other services are administered; then, counseling services can be provided. These counselors help their patients to understand why addiction exists and what can be done to overcome it.

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Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor Tasks

  • Counsel individuals or groups and implements therapeutic treatment plans to resolve addictions to drugs or alcohol.
  • Maintain case history and progress notes while observing their patients.
  • Provide evaluations, interventions, and individual and group therapy to clients experiencing chemical abuse or chemical dependency.

Common Career Paths for Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor


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Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors who go on to become Licensed Addiction Counselors may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Licensed Addiction Counselor, an upper-level role, pays $39K.

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Popular Skills for Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor


Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors report a narrow range of specific skills. Those who have experience with Group Therapy, Case Management, and Counseling can expect to be compensated well for these skills. For most people, competency in Case Management indicates knowledge of Group Therapy.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor

Pay by Experience for a Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor has a positive trend. An entry-level Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 370 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 193 salaries. An experienced Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 111 salaries. A Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 45 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,497

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

Baltimore offers some of the highest pay in the country for Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors, 30 percent above the national average. Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+23 percent), New York (+18 percent), Minneapolis (+7 percent), and Philadelphia (+5 percent). Falling short of the national average by 19 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Des Moines. Employers pay around 17 percent less in Atlanta and 14 percent less in Sacramento, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor?

Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor in Anaheim:
"I changed mindis just as beautiful as a changed life."
Pros: When a client truly surrenders to the recovery process the rewards are great.
Cons: Unfortunately sometimes The clients go back out to active addiction and overdose.

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Key Stats for Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 74 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Experience Affects Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor Salaries

▲15%

▲14%

▲4%

National Average
$37,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor Salaries


National Average
$37,000

Counseling
▼2%

Case Management
▼2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 74 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
no benefits
None: 32%