Becoming a Drug and Alcohol Abuse Counselor: Salary and Outlook

Greensboro NC drug and alcohol treatment centerUnfortunately, substance abuse is a problem that isn't going away anytime soon. Because of that, there will always be a need for certified addiction counselors. Addiction recovery takes extensive therapy and support. The person suffering from a dependency has to learn to live life again, without drugs or alcohol. Counselors are able to help them with that and understand why they were using drugs.

There is a strong need for substance abuse counselors and there are no signs of it slowing down anytime soon.

Over the course of the past few blog posts, we've talked about substance abuse counselors, what they do and what the requirements, training and certifications are. Today, we are going to talk about salary and job outlook. If you're interested on reading the other blogs about becoming a counselor at our Greensboro NC drug and alcohol treatment center, read on to the end and you'll find the links.


According to, "In 2011, the median annual salary for substance abuse counselors was reported as $38,560 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 2014, national estimates for this occupation increased to $41,870. Individuals who complete graduate level coursework and hold a Master's or Doctorate level degree often report higher salaries while employed in both the public and private sector. It is estimated that the top 10% of professionals employed in this field earn an annual wage of $61,420."

Also according to, "Anecdotal statistics provided by independent sources indicate that professionals with a successful private practice are able to generate incomes in the six figures. The most common factor influencing earning potential in this field, aside from education level, is location. Salaries in metropolitan areas of high population density typically outperform those in less populated rural locations."


According to the United States Bureau of Statistics, when looking at outstanding growth projections for this career, the average rate of growth for employment in other fields is 11 percent. For substance abuse counselors, that rate is 22 percent. The  “U.S. Occupational Outlook Handbook” states that this growth is one of the highest rates of any occupation available in the U.S.

It's been projected that by the year 2022, this career will employ more than 115,000 Americans. That means there will be a little less than 30,000 job openings per year from now until 2022.

A recent issue of U.S. News & World Report ran an article, “The 100 Best Jobs” ranked this career as the 38th best in the nation. It also ranked 22nd best in the nation for best health care jobs.

This is an exciting and rewarding career that will not only ensure longevity in the professional world, but also offer one that will allow you to help others get back on their feet and fight addiction without fear of never recovering.

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Regardless of how bad drug or alcohol use has become, help is always available. Contact Legacy Freedom of Greensboro if you need rehab. We are an affordable Greensboro NC drug and alcohol treatment center that will help you get back on track to a healthier, happier life.

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