The average salary for a Substance Abuse Counselor in Chicago, Illinois is $34,917.
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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 Facilitator are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, 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 $32,000 based on 6 salaries. An early career Substance Abuse Counselor with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $35,630 based on 45 salaries. A mid-career Substance Abuse Counselor with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $35,705 based on 15 salaries. An experienced Substance Abuse Counselor with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 13 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $45,000.
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Employees with Substance Abuse Counselor in their job title in San Diego, California earn an average of 47.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (16.7% more) and Atlanta, Georgia (16.1% more).
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