Becoming an Addiction Counselor via Online Education?

At the very least, online education can help you lay a foundation and/or open up alternate career paths. Post University is a US school (accredited) offering counseling courses to train individuals to become top-notch counseling psychologists, school counselors, counselors, christian counselors, organizational psychologists, pastoral counselors, etc. Currently, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics there are 78,470 people employed as substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors alone in America, and their average annual salary is $40,420. Mental health counselors make on average $41,710 per year and there are about 106,920 of them employed today. Colleges and universities like Post University that provide online education are successfully launching workers into this field.

Typical Work Locations for an Addiction Counselor
  • in a public health care clinic
  • rehab
  • private practice
  • in the sports industry
  • in the entertainment business
  • local clinics
  • in a patients home
  • in a public place
  • in an office building
  • in a park
Potential Advantages and Benefits of Working as an Addiction Counselor
  • reach out to others
  • share thoughts and concerns
  • provide encouragement and direction
  • become a friend
  • be reliable support
  • prevent problems from occuring
  • help others maintain postive attitude
  • help others overcome adversity
  • teach others to manage their own problems
  • get satisfaction from improving the lives of others
Potential Drawbacks
  • attachment to patients
  • difficulty obtaining a steady job
  • hard to prevent work stress for carrying on to the home environment
  • strong amount of negative exposure
  • decreasing pay scale ratio
  • job insecurity
  • need for a degree
  • experience required
  • extremely stressful
  • emotionally draining
Related Professions to Consider
  • Addictions Treatment Counselor
  • Outpatient Addictions Counselor
  • Addiction Specialist
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Physician
  • Addictions Counselor/Mental Health Therpaists
  • Addiction Recovery Counselor
  • Outpatient Counselor
  • Chemical Dependency Counselor II
  • Counselor Assistant
Possible Interview Questions When Applying to be an Addiction Counselor
  • Have you been addicted to drugs?
  • Which drugs have you been addicted too?
  • What do you think about Medical Marijuana?
  • Where have you worked?
  • Who influenced you to quit you previous job and why?
  • Why do you want to do this job?
  • What is current salary?
  • Where do see yourself in 5 years?
  • What are the best and worst aspects of your previous job?
  • What unique experience or qualifications separate you from other candidates?
Common Collaborating Professions
  • Addiction Med Nurse Counselor
  • Licensed Counselor
  • Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor
  • Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor
  • Counselor Assistant
  • Addiction Counselor
  • Certified Addiction Counselor
  • Therapist
  • Psychologist
  • Drug and Alcohol Addictions Counselor
Addiction Counselor Training books Addiction Counselor (More) Popular books Potential Companies to Work For Common College Majors
  • Substance Abuse /Addiction Counseling
  • Substance Abuse
  • Clinical Counseling with Substance Abuse
  • Counseling
  • Community Counseling psychology
  • sociology
  • social work
  • applied psychology
  • mental health
  • clinical psychology

Addiction Counselor Salary Information

Category: Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors

Total # Employed in the US 78,470
Average Hourly Wage: $19.43/hr
Hourly Wage Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$11.82 $14.36 $18.13 $23.11 $28.87
Average Yearly Salary $40,420
Yearly Salary Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$24,580 $29,860 $37,700 $48,060 $60,060
Employment Demographics
% OF WORKERS WITH
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
1.3% 7.3% 10.5% 5.6% 25.0% 45.9% 4.4%
Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors — WAGES BY STATE, SORTED BY SALARY
STATEAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Indiana $27.08/hr $56,320
North Dakota $26.43/hr $54,970
Guam $22.48/hr $46,760
Michigan $22.33/hr $46,440
Nebraska $20.98/hr $43,630
Delaware $20.73/hr $43,120
Missouri $20.55/hr $42,750
New York $20.53/hr $42,700
Alaska $20.52/hr $42,690
Oklahoma $20.41/hr $42,460
Arkansas $20.34/hr $42,310
Pennsylvania $20.07/hr $41,750
Oregon $19.82/hr $41,230
Puerto Rico $19.69/hr $40,960
Mississippi $19.63/hr $40,840
Hawaii $19.59/hr $40,740
Montana $19.43/hr $40,420
South Carolina $19.29/hr $40,120
Utah $19.18/hr $39,900
New Mexico $19.11/hr $39,740
Massachusetts $19.05/hr $39,630
North Carolina $18.94/hr $39,390
Florida $18.74/hr $38,970
Louisiana $18.61/hr $38,700
Virginia $18.57/hr $38,620
Kentucky $18.47/hr $38,420
Kansas $18.43/hr $38,340
Iowa $18.36/hr $38,190
Tennessee $18.29/hr $38,050
Alabama $18.23/hr $37,920
Idaho $17.93/hr $37,290
Washington $17.92/hr $37,280
Colorado $17.87/hr $37,180
South Dakota $17.82/hr $37,070
Ohio $17.41/hr $36,220
New Hampshire $17.32/hr $36,030
District of Columbia $17.22/hr $35,810
New Jersey $17.19/hr $35,750
Wisconsin $17.13/hr $35,620
Wyoming $16.87/hr $35,100
Maine $16.79/hr $34,920
Maryland $16.75/hr $34,830
West Virginia $16.68/hr $34,700
California $16.67/hr $34,670
Connecticut $16.42/hr $34,150
Nevada $14.52/hr $30,200


Category: Mental health counselors

Total # Employed in the US 106,920
Average Hourly Wage: $20.05/hr
Hourly Wage Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$11.65 $14.38 $18.28 $24.11 $31.06
Average Yearly Salary $41,710
Yearly Salary Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$24,230 $29,920 $38,010 $50,140 $64,610
Employment Demographics
% OF WORKERS WITH
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
1.3% 7.3% 10.5% 5.6% 25.0% 45.9% 4.4%
Mental health counselors — WAGES BY STATE, SORTED BY SALARY
STATEAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Michigan $26.51/hr $55,150
Alaska $25.98/hr $54,030
New York $25.37/hr $52,770
Colorado $24.96/hr $51,910
Tennessee $23.79/hr $49,490
Iowa $23.59/hr $49,060
Florida $23.29/hr $48,440
California $22.75/hr $47,330
District of Columbia $22.7/hr $47,220
Montana $22.41/hr $46,620
Ohio $22.35/hr $46,490
Guam $22.35/hr $46,490
North Dakota $21.99/hr $45,750
South Carolina $20.99/hr $43,650
Kentucky $20.88/hr $43,420
Missouri $20.62/hr $42,890
New Mexico $20.53/hr $42,700
Arkansas $20.14/hr $41,890
South Dakota $20.13/hr $41,880
Idaho $20.02/hr $41,640
Nebraska $19.73/hr $41,050
Delaware $19.67/hr $40,920
Mississippi $19.63/hr $40,840
Connecticut $19.48/hr $40,530
Hawaii $19.46/hr $40,480
Oregon $19.38/hr $40,310
Washington $19.38/hr $40,310
Kansas $19.27/hr $40,080
Maine $19.16/hr $39,850
Indiana $19.13/hr $39,790
Nevada $18.93/hr $39,370
West Virginia $18.93/hr $39,360
Wyoming $18.56/hr $38,610
Puerto Rico $18.51/hr $38,500
North Carolina $18.47/hr $38,420
Alabama $18.19/hr $37,830
Utah $18.14/hr $37,740
Maryland $18.04/hr $37,520
Oklahoma $17.9/hr $37,240
Louisiana $16.84/hr $35,020
New Hampshire $16.28/hr $33,870
Virginia $15.5/hr $32,240
Wisconsin $14.79/hr $30,770
Massachusetts $14.77/hr $30,720
New Jersey $14.42/hr $29,980


Category: Mental health and substance abuse social workers

Total # Employed in the US 127,140
Average Hourly Wage: $19.88/hr
Hourly Wage Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$11.99 $14.66 $18.37 $23.96 $30.17
Average Yearly Salary $41,350
Yearly Salary Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$24,940 $30,480 $38,200 $49,840 $62,760
Employment Demographics
% OF WORKERS WITH
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
1.2% 6.2% 10.4% 6.0% 42.3% 32.2% 1.6%
Mental health and substance abuse social workers — WAGES BY STATE, SORTED BY SALARY
STATEAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
North Dakota $28.36/hr $59,000
Virginia $25.05/hr $52,100
Mississippi $24.4/hr $50,750
Indiana $24.37/hr $50,680
Delaware $24.31/hr $50,560
Alaska $23.7/hr $49,300
Oklahoma $23.52/hr $48,910
Nebraska $23.4/hr $48,680
Florida $23.05/hr $47,950
New York $22.97/hr $47,770
Colorado $22.28/hr $46,340
Missouri $21.01/hr $43,700
District of Columbia $20.37/hr $42,370
Montana $19.86/hr $41,300
Oregon $19.85/hr $41,290
Guam $19.72/hr $41,020
California $19.68/hr $40,940
Massachusetts $19.5/hr $40,570
Kansas $19.47/hr $40,500
North Carolina $19.38/hr $40,310
Idaho $19.22/hr $39,990
Michigan $18.77/hr $39,040
Arkansas $18.63/hr $38,750
Utah $18.51/hr $38,500
Maine $18.16/hr $37,780
New Mexico $18.13/hr $37,700
Louisiana $17.94/hr $37,310
Tennessee $17.9/hr $37,230
South Carolina $17.85/hr $37,130
Maryland $17.84/hr $37,110
South Dakota $17.84/hr $37,100
Ohio $17.65/hr $36,710
Pennsylvania $17.55/hr $36,500
New Jersey $17.3/hr $35,990
Hawaii $17.15/hr $35,660
Kentucky $17.02/hr $35,400
Iowa $16.91/hr $35,180
Wyoming $16.64/hr $34,610
West Virginia $16.59/hr $34,510
New Hampshire $16.47/hr $34,260
Wisconsin $16.37/hr $34,050
Nevada $16.35/hr $34,010
Connecticut $15.84/hr $32,960
Alabama $15.68/hr $32,610
Washington $13.86/hr $28,830


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