Counseling occupations and substance abuse counselors are expected to see dramatic growth over the next few years as more acceptance is seen across the United States and the world of treating mental disorders. Insurance companies are now increasing and expanding their coverage of mental illness, substance abuse and treatment for things like drug-related crimes.
The International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) has been providing certifications, credentials, training and more to addiction counselors and professionals. The IC&RC serves 24 countries, 47 U.S. States, all of the military and 5 Native American territories. On the IR&RC’s website they refer to the U.S. Department of Labor releasing information about substance abuse counseling seeing dramatic growth becoming one of the fastest growing professions. The figure quoted was 20 percent growth by 2016.
Things fueling salary increases of International Substance Abuse Counselors that are certified are things like the Affordable Health Care for America Act of 2010 put in place by President Obama. In addition to that President Obama has a National Drug Control Strategy that will fuel more growth and treatment across the United States and international countries participating in substance abuse, addiction and treatment of all these conditions.
A list of popular credentials that help International Substance Abuse Counselors earn more money and get bigger salaries and benefits are things like:
- Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ADC)
- Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (AADC)
- Clinical Supervisor (CS)
- Prevention Specialist (PS)
- Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Professional (CCJP)
- Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional (CCDP)
- Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional Diplomate (CCDPD)
The above certifications by the IC&RC have been proven to help increase the amount a substance abuse counselor gets paid. In addition to that formal educations with Associates, Bachelors and Masters degrees can dramatically increase the salary of substance abuse counselors.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder counselors as earning a median wage in 2010 of $38,120 per year coming out to around $18.33 an hour. The lowest entry level education that was reported for this career is a High School Dipoloma. Total number of jobs available in this specific sector of counseling is 85,500 and will grow 27% being much faster than other careers. The amount of substance abuse counselor jobs that will be added in 10 years is around 23,400.
Another big consideration is the location that an abuse counselor works in. Listed below is our salary breakdown of state by state salaries for International Substance Abuse Counselors by each state in the US. You’ll notice that living and working some US states can get you paid much more than other states as a substance abuse counselor.
Listed below is information that is specific to International Substance Abuse Counselor job salaries that you can expect to receive in that state area. Our state by state breakdown allows you to see which state is best to get a job as a International Substance Abuse Counselor. The salary information provided below is off of real-world job listings for International Substance Abuse Counselor and the pay offered for those jobs. We source Indeed, Simply Hired, PayScale and GlassDoor.com. The information provided by Indeed about their process for collecting salary averages is as follows: “Indeed Salary Search is based on an index of salary information extracted from over 50 million job postings from thousands of unique sources over the last 12 months. Many job descriptions don’t contain salary information, but there are enough that do to produce statistically significant median salaries for millions of keyword, job title and location combinations – in fact, most job searches you are likely to think of. As new jobs are added each day, the Indeed Salary Search index is automatically updated with fresh salary data, so the salary results are as up-to-date as they could possibly be.”