The salary earned by an addiction counselor can vary between $26,400 and $41,000. The expected qualification in the field is a graduation preferably in the field of social services, psychology or any other related field. Licensed counselors can earn more and also gets the opportunity to work in the top institutions. State level test are conducted as part of licensing and the individual has to clear the test in order to receive the certification. Enormous amount of experience is the biggest factor in this field.