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Drug and alcohol worker Average UK Salary & Prospects

Drug and alcohol workers help people tackle their drug, alcohol or solvent misuse problems.

Drug and alcohol workers typically work around 30 to 32 hours per week.

As a Drug and alcohol worker you will typically work on call.

* from ONETonline
Average salary
27,532 GBP *
per year
17,000 GBP
40,000 GBP
5+ Experience
* data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
Average salary for Drug and alcohol worker

Men make 15% more than Women
  • 30,538 GBP
  • 26,082 GBP
Average salary for part-time Drug and alcohol worker
Average salary for full-time Drug and alcohol worker

  • 13,039 GBP
  • 13,287 GBP
  • 11,501 GBP
  • 27,532 GBP
  • 26,082 GBP
  • 30,538 GBP
Pay over time for Drug and alcohol worker

Pay for this role has increased over time
  • 27,780 GBP

Future outlook for Drug and alcohol workers

Balanced outlook
Balanced outlook
1% yearly wage growth (on average)

Drug and alcohol worker - Your future job?

Which qualifications do I need?

Find out what you need to know in order to become a Drug and alcohol worker and the highest average level of education for people in this role.

Find out which qualifications or skills you need to become a Drug and alcohol worker. 

You may be able to do an introductory course in substance misuse at a local college. You could then follow this up by doing a Level 1 or 2 Award in Substance Misuse Awareness.

You'll need:

  • counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
  • knowledge of psychology
  • customer service skills
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to understand people’s reactions
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Get the right qualification to begin your journey to becoming a Drug and alcohol worker

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