The ranks of Addiction Counselors are growing rapidly and with the increased demand, it is expected that salaries, wages, and earnings of professionals in our field will increase at a faster or much faster pace than many other industries and professions over the next decade.
For example, according to the BLS, mental health counsels earn a median annual salary of over $47,600 while the top 10% of the workforce earns over $78,700. Exact counselor salaries depend on the region, the candidate’s qualifications, their specialty, and place of work.
Below you will find key salary points according to the US Government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics from the 2016-2017 Occupational Outlook Handbook:
These numbers reflect counselors who are employed by a treatment center or other institution. Addiction counselors in private practice may earn a higher wage.
Much like any other industry, certain factors may influence an addiction counselor’s salary. Of course, much depends on the employer and the job itself. Some common salary boosters include:
One of the goals of The Academy for Addiction Professionals is to offer potential counselors the opportunity to rise to the top of the employment ladder and earn the highest salary possible. By advancing their careers through continued education in the field, soon to be addiction counselors are positioning themselves to take advantage of the significant growth in today’s addiction counselor industry.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Rehabilitation Counselors, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/ (visited April 22, 2017).