Average Substance Abuse Counselor Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Substance Abuse Counselor is $16.90.
MEDIAN $16.90
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Hourly Rate
$13 - $23
$100 - $3,138
Profit Sharing
$10 - $10,033
$0 - $2,000
Total Pay
$28,139 - $50,772

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Job Description for Substance Abuse Counselor

Substance Abuse Counselor Tasks
  • Manage caseload and documentation
  • Perform substance abuse or other disorder evaluations for patients
  • Develop individual intervention, treatment and recovery plans
  • Facilitate and lead group and education sessions
  • Gather information about patients using interviews, case histories, observations and assessments
The top respondents for the job title Substance Abuse Counselor are from the companies Colonial Management Group, LLC, Acadia, Inc. and Gateway Foundation, Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at Acadia, Inc. where the average pay is $19.00. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include The Center for Behavioral Health and MedMark Inc., earning around $17.90 and $16.92, respectively. The Salvation Army pays the lowest at around $12.00. Gateway Foundation, Inc. and Behavioral Health Group also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $15.80 and $15.94, respectively.

Career Paths

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Substance Abuse Counselor
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Licensed Professional Counselor
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Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Substance Abuse Counselor

Skills in Counseling, Group Therapy, Case Management and Diagnosis and Treatment Planning are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Facilitator.

Pay by Experience Level for Substance Abuse Counselor

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 $15.29 based on 223 salaries. An early career Substance Abuse Counselor with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $16.15 based on 1,832 salaries. A mid-career Substance Abuse Counselor with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $17.89 based on 763 salaries. An experienced Substance Abuse Counselor with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $19.55 based on 600 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 23.6% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Charlotte, North Carolina (21.8% more) and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (18.3% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Atlanta, Georgia (8.4% less), Los Angeles, California (6.5% less) and Chicago, Illinois (4.1% less).

Years of Experience

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