Substance Abuse Counselor Salary in Oregon - OR

Drug Counselor Salary in Oregon - OR

Once properly trained and certified, substance abuse counselors in Oregon have a wide milieu in which to work. Places that commonly employ CADC I’s in Oregon include elementary schools and secondary schools; colleges and universities; hospitals; inpatient and outpatient treatment facilities; residential mental health facilities; the local and federal government; and private clinics. Employment can be found throughout Oregon, in cities such as Portland, Eugene, Salem and Gresham; and in facilities including Providence Saint Vincent Medical Center, Oregon Health & Science University Hospital, Sacred Heart Medical Center and Salem Hospital.

In the United States, the average annual salary for a substance abuse counselor is $40,420 (as indicated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). Per the same organization, the average substance abuse counselor salary in Oregon is $38,050, or roughly $18.29 per hour. Salaries are likely to vary slightly from one city to another within the same state. These slight changes may be due to the facility where one works, the average educational background or degree level of one’s co-workers and/or supervisors, the need for substance abuse counselors in the area, and so forth. When one looks at the average substance abuse counselor salaries in some of the largest metropolitan areas in Oregon, (taken from, the differences become even more evident:

  • Portland:  $34,000
  • Eugene:  $36,000
  • Salem:  $32,000
  • Gresham:  $34,000
  • Bend:  $34,000
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