The average hourly pay for a Substance Abuse Counselor with Counseling skills is $17.00.
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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 Acadia, Inc., Colonial Management Group, LLC and Gateway Foundation, Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at Catholic Charities where the average pay is $19.77. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Acadia, Inc. and The Center for Behavioral Health, earning around $18.22 and $17.90, respectively. Gateway Foundation, Inc. pays the lowest at around $15.75. Colonial Management Group, LLC and Behavioral Health Group also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $16.12 and $16.17, respectively.
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Popular Skills for Substance Abuse Counselor
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Skills in Group Therapy, Case Management, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning and Patient Counseling 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 $15.37 based on 114 salaries. An early career Substance Abuse Counselor with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $16.23 based on 1,195 salaries. A mid-career Substance Abuse Counselor with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $18.20 based on 525 salaries. An experienced Substance Abuse Counselor with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $19.41 based on 410 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $19.
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Employees with Substance Abuse Counselor in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 29.6% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Charlotte, North Carolina (26.4% more) and Baltimore, Maryland (5.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Los Angeles, California (7.3% less) and Chicago, Illinois (4.6% less).
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