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What kind of income can I expect?

Median annual wage paid to substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors in May, 2008 were $37,030. The middle 50 percent earned between $29,410 and $47,290. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $24,240, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $59,460.

Median annual wages in the industries employing the largest numbers of substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors were as follows:

General medical and surgical hospitals $44,130
Local government $ 41,660
Outpatient care centers $36,650
Individual and family services $35,210
Residential mental retardation, mental health and substance facilities $31,300

Estimated pay ranges for the three licensure levels in Arizona:

  • Licensed Substance Abuse Technician $27,000-32,000 annually
  • Licensed Associate Substance Abuse Counselor $27,000-32,000 annually
  • Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor $28,000-50,000 annually

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