$16.92
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$500

Profit Sharing

$850

The average rate for a Substance Abuse Counselor with Writing Procedures & Documentation skills is $16.53 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field.

$29,820 - $52,071
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$52K
MEDIAN: $38,919
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$13.34 - $21.58
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$0$52K
Salary $29,820 - $52,071
Bonus $0.00 - $11,635
Profit Sharing $850
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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$28,678 - $49,235
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Aug 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 200
Hourly Data $0$32
Hourly Rate $13.34 - $21.58
Overtime $11.74 - $32.36
Annual Data $0$49K
Bonus $0.00 - $11,635
Profit Sharing $850
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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$28,678 - $49,235
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Aug 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 242

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, including common issues for this population and established therapeutic techniques. It is important for the counselor to be able to work with people who come from a variety of age groups and cultures.

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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

Substance Abuse Counselor Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Substance Abuse Counselor

Pay by Experience for a Substance Abuse Counselor has a positive trend. An entry-level Substance Abuse Counselor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 92 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Substance Abuse Counselor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 42 salaries. An experienced Substance Abuse Counselor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 27 salaries. A Substance Abuse Counselor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 11 salaries.

Key Stats for Substance Abuse Counselor

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 104 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
5%

Experience Affects Substance Abuse Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
▲23%

Experienced
▲13%

Mid-Career
▲3%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 104 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 51%
no benefits
None: 28%