$38,870
Avg. Salary

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$774

Profit Sharing

$1,017

Commission

$1,050

A Substance Abuse Counselor with Group Therapy skills earns an average salary of $38,412 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.

$29,379 - $50,705
$29K
$39K
$51K
MEDIAN: $38,870
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50%
90%

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$12.61 - $22.86
$13
$17
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MEDIAN: $16.75
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$0$50K
Salary $29,379 - $50,705
Bonus $0.00 - $3,523
Profit Sharing $1,017
Commission $1,050
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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$27,914 - $50,229
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Aug 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 806
Hourly Data $0$33
Hourly Rate $12.61 - $22.86
Hourly Tips $0.91
Overtime $13.00 - $33.00
Annual Data $0$50K
Bonus $0.00 - $3,523
Commission $1,050
Profit Sharing $1,017
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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$27,914 - $50,229
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Aug 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 773

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 Tasks

  • Manage caseload and documentation
  • Perform substance abuse or other disorder evaluations for patients
  • Develop individual intervention, treatment and recovery plans
  • Facilitate and lead group and education sessions
  • Gather information about patients using interviews, case histories, observations and assessments

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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 560 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 $39,000 based on 235 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 179 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 $46,000 based on 49 salaries.

Key Stats for Substance Abuse Counselor

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 278 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
5%

Experience Affects Substance Abuse Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
▲23%

Experienced
▲12%

Mid-Career
▲4%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 278 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
no benefits
None: 27%