Salary for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors

Also known as:  Addiction Counselor, Addiction Therapist, Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Certified Abuse and Drug Addiction Counselor, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Chemical Dependency Counselor, Drug Abuse Counselor, Drug Counselor, Substance Abuse Counselor

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Counselors working the field of substance abuse and behavioral disorders provide assistance to clients and their families in overcoming addictions and dependencies such as smoking, gambling, and eating disorders. These professionals may also provide support to individuals during life changes and stressful situations. They use their clinical training and knowledge of a particular client's case history to determine treatment plans and strategies, and may evaluate individuals in cooperation with other mental health and medicla professionals to determine their suitability for case studies or specific treatment programs. A high school diploma is required for entry into this field, and additional on-the-job training or certification may be necessary.

A Substance Abuse or Behavioral Disorder Counselor will normally receive a pay level somewhere between 24000 - 36000 depending on experience and domain knowledge. Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors usually receive an average pay level of Thirty Eight Thousand Seven Hundred dollars on a yearly basis.

Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors obtain the most salary in Hawaii, where they receive normal pay levels of close to $56320. People holding this job title obtain the highest pay in Finance and Insurance, where they get average job salaries of $56910.

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HOURLY RATE
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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 12.80 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors tend to make the most in the following industries
Educational Services $56,910
Finance and Insurance $47,520
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $46,360
Public Administration $45,020
Management of Companies and Enterprises $43,550
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $42,160
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Other Services (except Public Administration) $38,210
Health Care and Social Assistance $38,810
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $42,160
Management of Companies and Enterprises $43,550
Public Administration $45,020
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $46,360
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