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