$38,824
Avg. Salary
$16.82
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$977

Bonus

$2,397

Profit Sharing

$2,000

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Substance Abuse Counselor is $16.82 per hour.

The average pay for a Substance Abuse Counselor is $38,824 per year.

10%
$12.45
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$16.82
50%
$23.08
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MEDIAN $16.82
10%
$29k
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$39k
50%
$51k
90%
90%
MEDIAN $38,824
$29,361 - $51,394
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MEDIAN: $38,824
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$0$51K
Salary $29,361 - $51,394
Bonus $101 - $3,156
Profit Sharing $10.30 - $10,033
Commission $2,000
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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$27,764 - $50,637
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,869
Hourly Data $0$34
Hourly Rate $12.45 - $23.08
Hourly Tips $0.91
Overtime $14.93 - $34.32
Annual Data $0$50K
Bonus $101 - $3,156
Commission $2,000
Profit Sharing $10.30 - $10,033
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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$27,764 - $50,637
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,829

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 Pay By Employer

$0$49K

$33,705

Acadia, Inc.
21 profiles
$39,520

$32,828

$31,892

$35,360

$24,960

MedMark Inc.
7 profiles
$35,185

$41,130

$36,812

Gaudenzia, Inc.
5 profiles
$35,802

Common Career Paths for Substance Abuse Counselor


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It's not very common for Substance Abuse Counselors to move on to become Clinical Directors. Average pay for a Clinical Director is $72K annually. Becoming a Certified Drug and Alcohol Addiction Counselor is, more often than not, the most common role that Substance Abuse Counselors move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for a Certified Drug and Alcohol Addiction Counselor is $35K. Another frequent advance is for Substance Abuse Counselors to assume a Mental Health Counselor role; in this role, workers often take home $38K.

Substance Abuse Counselor Job Listings

Popular Skills for Substance Abuse Counselor


Substance Abuse Counselors seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Clinical Supervision, Oral / Verbal Communication, Patient Counseling, and Writing Procedures & Documentation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 17 percent. Bilingual and Masters degree as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. Most people who know Case Management also know Facilitator.

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 $34,000 based on 1,256 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 454 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 $41,000 based on 328 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 $44,000 based on 103 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,005

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 18 percent, Substance Abuse Counselors in Philadelphia receive some of the highest pay in the country. Substance Abuse Counselors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Phoenix (+11 percent), Atlanta (+9 percent), New York (+7 percent), and San Diego (+6 percent). Houston is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 14 percent. Employers in Los Angeles and Raleigh also lean toward paying below-median salaries (10 percent less).

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Key Stats for Substance Abuse Counselor

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 603 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%

Experience Affects Substance Abuse Counselor Salaries

▲19%

▲11%

▲2%

National Average
$37,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Substance Abuse Counselor Salaries

Clinical Supervision
▲15%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▲7%



National Average
$37,000


▼2%


▼2%

Assessment
▼3%


Masters degree
▼6%

Bilingual
▼25%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 603 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
no benefits
None: 28%