The average hourly pay for a Substance Abuse Counselor with Diagnosis and Treatment Planning skills is $17.26.
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Job Description for Substance Abuse Counselor
Substance abuse counselors provide therapy to individuals struggling with issues related to alcohol and/or drug use. They may lead group counseling and support groups, as well as conduct one-on-one sessions with patients; employers may include nonprofit and for-profit healthcare providers, government entities and nonprofit organizations that provide counseling services. These counselors must have an excellent understanding of how to work with individuals dealing with substance abuse issues, incl…Read more
Popular Employer Salaries for Substance Abuse Counselor
The top respondents for the job title Substance Abuse Counselor are from the companies Colonial Management Group, LLC, Gateway Foundation, Inc. and Acadia, Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at The Center for Behavioral Health where the average pay is $17.13. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Addiction Recovery Systems and MedMark Inc., earning around $17.00 and $16.92, respectively. Colonial Management Group, LLC pays the lowest at around $15.62. Gateway Foundation, Inc. and Behavioral Health Group also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $15.81 and $16.49, respectively.
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Skills that pay less than market rate include Patient Counseling, Facilitator, Case Management, Group Therapy and Counseling.
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 $15.64 based on 60 salaries. An early career Substance Abuse Counselor with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $16.29 based on 716 salaries. A mid-career Substance Abuse Counselor with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $18.19 based on 328 salaries. An experienced Substance Abuse Counselor with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $19.30 based on 249 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $20.
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Employees with Substance Abuse Counselor in their job title in Boston, Massachusetts earn an average of 27.5% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (24.7% more) and Phoenix, Arizona (12.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Los Angeles, California (8.3% less), Chicago, Illinois (3.9% less) and San Diego, California (3.2% less).
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