Average Experienced Substance Abuse Counselor Salary

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The average salary for an Experienced Substance Abuse Counselor is $42,971.
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Popular Skills for Substance Abuse Counselor

Skills in Group Therapy and Diagnosis and Treatment Planning are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Facilitator, Case Management 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 $34,805 based on 222 salaries. An early career Substance Abuse Counselor with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $37,242 based on 1,817 salaries. A mid-career Substance Abuse Counselor with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $40,565 based on 771 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $47,734.
Employees with Substance Abuse Counselor in their job title in San Diego, California earn an average of 44.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Charlotte, North Carolina (12.4% more) and New York, New York (5.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Chicago, Illinois (18.5% less), Atlanta, Georgia (4.8% less) and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (3.3% less).

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