The treatment provider salary survey conducted by the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) was released to contributors last week. It will be made available to all NAATP members in 2017 and later offered for sale to the public. A copy was made available to ADAW.

This is the first salary survey released by NAATP since 2012 (see ADAW, April 11, 2012). This tool is expected to help providers attract top talent and provide quality care, according to Marvin Ventrell, NAATP executive director.

Data for the 2016 salary survey was collected online, via a survey hosted on NAATP’s website. Data collection began on Sept. 5 and ended on Oct. 16. A total of 69 organizations/branches participated in the survey. This is the same number of organizations as participated in the 2012 salary survey, but lower than participation in some of the NAATP salary surveys of the past. Greater participation in past surveys was largely due to collaboration with other organizations, whereas for 2012 and 2016, only NAATP members participated.

Some general information: Most (59 percent) of the overall reimbursement came from health insurance, followed by self-pay (25 percent). Most of the capacity was adult outpatient (average 918) followed by adult inpatient (178), adolescent inpatient (7) and adolescent outpatient (1).

The survey includes detailed information about benefits and more. Below is a summary of some of the findings.

  • CEO/executive director — average: $236,536, minimum: $66,000, maximum: $546,000
  • Chief operating officer/director of operations — average: $166,585, minimum: $50,000, maximum: $323,462
  • Chief financial officer/director of finance — average: $145,648, minimum: $85,000, maximum: $311,000
  • Chief compliance officer/compliance director — average: $164,358, minimum: $48,000, maximum: $434,000
  • Internal auditor — average: $68,075, minimum: $35,000, maximum: $93,000
  • QA/QI/UR director — average: $81,663, minimum: $48,000, maximum: $138,695
  • HR director — average: $86,895, minimum: $28,000, maximum: $211,640
  • Marketing director — average: $108,878, minimum: $42,483, maximum: $222,183
  • Nursing director — average: $95,865, minimum: $95,000, maximum: $156,811
  • Program director — average: $83,437, minimum: $13,908, maximum: $171,392
  • Director of development — average: $104,563, minimum: $57,400, maximum: $162,067
  • Intake/admissions director — average: $74,607, minimum: $30,000, maximum: $145,000
  • Food services director — average: $64,643, minimum: $42,000, maximum: $112,000
  • Housekeeping director — average: $56,757, minimum: $29,000, maximum: $105,000
  • Facilities/grounds director — average: $64,647, minimum: $30,000, maximum: $150,000
  • Compliance director — average: $86,460, minimum: $30,000, maximum: $174,677
  • Information systems director — average: $98,394, minimum: $52,500, maximum: $208,588
  • Business office manager — average: $62,439, minimum: $30,098, maximum: $95,000
  • Alumni coordinator — average: $48,975, minimum: $35,000, maximum: $80,000
  • Physician — average: $194,893
  • Psychiatrist — average: $191,989
  • Physician’s assistant — average: $110,225
  • Ph.D. psychologist — average: $92,605
  • Registered nurse — average: $63,622
  • Nurse practitioner — average: $97,471
  • Counselor (certified, no degree) — average: $39,776
  • Counselor (certified, bachelor’s) — average: $43,830
  • Counselor (licensed, master’s) — average: $52,898
  • Intake/admissions counselor — average: $40,707
  • Case manager — average: $38,714 
  • 24-hour residential unit staff — average: $31,784
  • Registered activity therapist — average: $44,483
  • Family therapist — average: $54,891
  • Executive assistant — average: $45,694
  • Secretary — average: $31,319
  • Receptionist — average: $29,312
  • Marketing representative — average: $65,131
  • Billing clerk — average: $39,430
  • Information systems support — average: $48,363
  • Accounting support staff — average: $48,800
  • Outreach specialist — average: $49,353
  • Alumni support staff — average: $37,272
  • Housekeeping — average: $24,899
  • Food services — average: $26,854
  • Insurance support staff — average: $45,038
  • Maintenance staff — average: $35,000

The 2016 salary survey contents include:

  • Survey Participants
  • Location
  • Annual Gross Revenue
  • Organizational Profit Structure
  • Organizational Classification by Type of Facility
  • Type of Treatment Provided
  • Service Area
  • Affiliations, Licenses and Memberships
  • Organization Services Delivered
  • Sources of Revenue
  • Facility Capacity
  • Number of Clinical and Medical Staff per Type of Patient
  • Benefits
  • Paid Time Off
  • Annual Salary Increases
  • Health Insurance
  • Other Health Benefits
  • Additional Employee Benefits
  • Cost of Employee Benefits
  • Cost of Health Insurance
  • Executive Benefits
  • Staff Characteristics
  • Total Staff
  • Staff Demographics
  • Executive and Management Staff Demographics
  • Contractors
  • Salaries
  • Executive Positions
  • Management Positions
  • Clinical/Medical Staff
  • Support Staff

Salaries are given in average, median, minimum and maximum amounts, with the number of providers responding, and represented, indicated. In many managerial positions, whether the program was profit or not-for-profit affected average salaries.

The next NAATP salary survey of addiction treatment providers will take place in 2018.