The average hourly pay for a Substance Abuse Counselor with Writing Procedures & Documentation skills is $17.12.
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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
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Skills in 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 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 $15.31 based on 25 salaries. An early career Substance Abuse Counselor with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $16.35 based on 252 salaries. A mid-career Substance Abuse Counselor with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $18.46 based on 133 salaries. An experienced Substance Abuse Counselor with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $19.27 based on 86 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $21.
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Employees with Substance Abuse Counselor in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 19.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Phoenix, Arizona (14.5% more) and Bakersfield, California (5.1% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Rochester, New York (10.9% less), Los Angeles, California (6.8% less) and San Diego, California (4.1% less).
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