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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Substance Abuse Counselor Salary

$40,381 yearly
To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More

$19.41 hourly

Entry level Salary
$21,000 yearly
$21,000
10 %
$40,381
Median
$74,000
90 %

How much does a Substance Abuse Counselor make?

Substance abuse counselors make $40,381 per year on average, or $19.41 per hour, in the United States. Substance abuse counselors on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $21,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $74,000.

Location impacts how much a substance abuse counselor can expect to make. Substance abuse counselors make the most in New Hampshire, New Jersey, Hawaii, Virginia, and Delaware.

Highest Paying States For Substance Abuse Counselors

The darker areas on the map show where substance abuse counselors earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Substance Abuse Counselor average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1Massachusetts$45,213$21.742,265
2New Jersey$47,063$22.63926
3Rhode Island$45,200$21.73124
4Minnesota$45,544$21.90690
5New Hampshire$47,653$22.91150
6Pennsylvania$43,127$20.731,336
7Connecticut$43,782$21.05443
8Nebraska$43,619$20.97208
9Hawaii$46,840$22.52110
10New York$44,837$21.561,640
11Michigan$41,820$20.11795
12Delaware$46,467$22.34114
13Maine$40,040$19.25242
14Maryland$43,674$21.00882
15Montana$40,100$19.28148
16Arizona$40,576$19.51677
17Iowa$42,050$20.22309
18Alaska$38,871$18.69136
19Ohio$42,415$20.39717
20District of Columbia$46,236$22.23162
21Virginia$46,531$22.37641
22West Virginia$42,628$20.4994
23Vermont$41,665$20.0359
24Illinois$39,275$18.881,219
25North Carolina$43,275$20.81588
26Mississippi$39,380$18.93166
27Kentucky$40,012$19.24251
28Washington$37,719$18.13932
29Indiana$37,940$18.24569
30Oregon$38,145$18.34394
31Nevada$39,355$18.92166
32North Dakota$37,986$18.2674
33Alabama$39,367$18.93215
34California$39,100$18.803,271
35Arkansas$34,125$16.41272
36Kansas$38,318$18.42179
37Colorado$35,929$17.27599
38South Carolina$35,301$16.97385
39Wisconsin$38,008$18.27364
40South Dakota$34,367$16.5292
41Georgia$35,503$17.07894
42New Mexico$35,180$16.91178
43Florida$34,278$16.481,591
44Idaho$33,546$16.13151
45Louisiana$33,438$16.08298
46Wyoming$33,704$16.2048
47Utah$34,545$16.61219
48Missouri$34,747$16.71433
49Texas$34,166$16.431,351
50Tennessee$31,486$15.14397
51Oklahoma$30,012$14.43262

Highest Paying Cities For Substance Abuse Counselors

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Trenton, NJ$47,312$22.75
2Richmond, VA$46,573$22.39
3New Bedford, MA$45,811$22.02
4New York, NY$45,037$21.65
5Greenville, NC$44,514$21.40
6Baltimore, MD$43,656$20.99
7Philadelphia, PA$43,416$20.87
8Phoenix, AZ$40,490$19.47
9Portland, ME$40,209$19.33
10Oceanside, CA$39,595$19.04
11Chicago, IL$39,494$18.99
12Richmond, IN$38,408$18.47
13Portland, OR$38,126$18.33
14Wichita, KS$37,228$17.90
15Denver, CO$35,997$17.31

Substance Abuse Counselor Salary Details

Substance Abuse Counselor Salary

What is a Substance Abuse Counselor's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$74,000$6,167$36
75th Percentile$55,000$4,583$26
Average$40,381$3,365$19
25th Percentile$29,000$2,417$14
10th Percentile$21,000$1,750$10

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Mental Health Therapist$50,937$4,245$24.49114,386
Primary Therapist$52,073$4,339$25.0385,127
Family Therapist$47,417$3,951$22.80106,982
Mental Health Clinician$51,900$4,325$24.9591,347
Licensed Social Worker$55,627$4,636$26.7466,130
Counselor Internship$44,594$3,716$21.44132,694

Which Companies Pay Substance Abuse Counselors The Most?

The highest paying companies for substance abuse counselors are County of San Joaquin, CA and City of Norfolk according to our most recent salary estimates. In addition, companies like Miriam Hospital and Lake County report highly competitive wages for substance abuse counselors.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1County of San Joaquin, CA$50,785$24.42
2City of Norfolk$49,077$23.5950
3Miriam Hospital$49,062$23.5966
4Lake County$44,361$21.3354
5Hospital Sisters Health System$42,836$20.5910
6Rady Children's Hospital And Health Center$42,727$20.5439
7Madison Square Boys & Girls Club$42,695$20.536
8Broward Health$41,895$20.1432
9Kaiser Permanente$41,392$19.90126
10Univ Of Colorado-Colorado Spgs$41,203$19.8151
11Concord Hospital$40,572$19.512
12Adac Plastics$40,403$19.42
13United Indian Health Services$40,381$19.41
14JWCH Institute$40,381$19.41
15Well Care Health$40,381$19.41
16Maine Health/maine Mental Health Partners$40,381$19.41
17Devereux Arizona$40,381$19.41
18Addiction Recovery Care$40,381$19.41
19Variety Care$40,381$19.41
20Sandia Resort & Casino$40,381$19.41

Substance Abuse Counselor Salary Trends

Average Substance Abuse Counselor Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Substance Abuse Counselor Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$40,400$19.41+3.0%
    2021$39,200$18.83+2.4%
    2020$38,200$18.38+2.4%
    2019$37,300$17.93+1.9%
    2018$36,600$17.58+2.7%

    Recently Added Substance Abuse Counselor Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    Valley HopeSubstance Abuse CounselorEnglewood, CO06/01/2022$60,000
    Valley HopeSubstance Abuse CounselorChandler, AZ06/01/2022$60,000
    Valley HopeSubstance Abuse CounselorOklahoma City, OK06/01/2022$54,000
    Valley Hope AssociationSubstance Abuse CounselorNorton, KS06/01/2022$50,000
    Direct Support Professional In New York, New YorkSubstance USE CounselorNew York, NY05/31/2022$52,000
    Management & TrainingSubstance Abuse Counselor IDallas, TX05/31/2022$37,566
    County of HumboldtSubstance Abuse Counselor Trainee/I/IIEureka, CA05/30/2022$34,853
    Recovery Centers of AmericaSubstance Abuse CounselorWestminster, MA05/30/2022$60,000
    Nimel Mental HealthSubstance Abuse CounselorWestminster, MD05/30/2022$35,250
    State of NevadaSubstance Abuse Counselor 1Indian Springs, NV05/29/2022$43,347

    Substance Abuse Counselor Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Substance Abuse Counselors the most?

    New Hampshire pays Substance Abuse Counselors the most in the United States, with an average salary of $47,653 per year, or $22.91 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as a Substance Abuse Counselor?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Substance Abuse Counselor if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in New Jersey you should be paid close to $47,063 per year.

    What type of Substance Abuse Counselor gets paid the most?

    Licensed Professional Counselor gets paid the most. Licensed Professional Counselor made a median salary of $96,054. The best-paid 10 percent make $105,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $87,000.

    Is being a substance abuse counselor a good job?

    Yes, being a substance abuse counselor is a good job. In fact, substance abuse counselors are ranked #1 in Best Social Services Jobs, according to U.S. News.

    A career in substance abuse counseling can yield a decent salary, and the help you provide others can be priceless, making this a rewarding career for many people.

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