Average Substance Abuse Counselor Hourly Pay

$17.33
Avg. Hourly RateShow Salary
$884
Bonus
$8,000
Commission
$2,400
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The average hourly pay for a Substance Abuse Counselor is $17.33.
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$13.09
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$17.33
90%
$23.57
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Hourly Rate
$13 - $24
Bonus
$99 - $3,715
Profit Sharing
$693 - $9,863
Commission
$0 - $8,000
Total Pay
$28,834 - $51,177
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What Do Substance Abuse Counselors Do?

Job Satisfaction for Substance Abuse Counselor

4 out of 5
(584)
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The top respondents for the job title Substance Abuse Counselor are from the companies Acadia, Inc., Gateway Foundation, Inc. and Colonial Management Group, LLC. Reported salaries are highest at Acadia, Inc. where the average pay is $18.22. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Colonial Management Group, LLC and MedMark Inc., earning around $17.78 and $16.92, respectively. The Salvation Army pays the lowest at around $12.21. Pyramid Healthcare, Inc. and Gateway Foundation, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $14.00 and $16.03, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Substance Abuse Counselors?

Skills in Counseling, Group Therapy, Case Management, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning and Patient Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Substance Abuse Counselors?

An entry-level Substance Abuse Counselor with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $15.67 based on 189 salaries. An early career Substance Abuse Counselor with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $16.58 based on 1,610 salaries. A mid-career Substance Abuse Counselor with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $18.58 based on 714 salaries. An experienced Substance Abuse Counselor with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $19.76 based on 527 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $20.
Employees with Substance Abuse Counselor in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 30.4% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Charlotte, North Carolina (15.4% more) and Baltimore, Maryland (3.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Atlanta, Georgia (10.7% less), Chicago, Illinois (4.9% less) and Los Angeles, California (2.8% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 3,266 survey responses.
Entry Level
5.8%
Early Career
49.3%
Mid Career
21.9%
Experienced
16.1%
Late Career
6.9%