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Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors Salary Information

The salary statistics of substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$26,210
25th Percentile Wage
$32,470
50th Percentile Wage
$41,070
75th Percentile Wage
$52,690
90th Percentile Wage
$65,080

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors is $65,080. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $41,070. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $26,210. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 148% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016
$41,070
2.65% 6.21%
2015
$39,980
1.78% -
2014
$39,270
1.66% -
2013
$38,620
0.26% -
2012
$38,520
- -

Table 2. Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors in 8 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors occupations is the professional, scientific, and technical services sector with an annual salary $55,690. The lowest paying sector is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector (annual salary $30,720).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$55,690
Finance and Insurance
$55,010
Educational Services
$53,800
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$46,990
Federal, State, and Local Government
$45,980
Health Care and Social Assistance
$39,930
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$38,620
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$30,720

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors by States

From the above tables we note that not only substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $27,550 to $53,990. The highest paying state for substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors is North Dakota with a median annual salary of $53,990. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $27,550. For more salary information of substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
North Dakota
$53,990
Alaska
$52,400
New Jersey
$50,010
New Mexico
$49,780
New York
$48,660
Connecticut
$47,430
Vermont
$47,220
Wyoming
$47,140
Maine
$46,890
Nevada
$46,130
Minnesota
$46,070
District of Columbia
$45,050
New Hampshire
$44,740
Maryland
$43,920
Montana
$43,380
Wisconsin
$43,310
Florida
$43,280
Idaho
$42,990
North Carolina
$42,640
Oklahoma
$42,320
Ohio
$41,950
Massachusetts
$41,910
Hawaii
$41,560
Virginia
$41,250
Pennsylvania
$40,800
Alabama
$40,130
Colorado
$39,600
California
$39,500
Kentucky
$39,070
Nebraska
$39,030
Oregon
$38,890
Georgia
$38,720
South Dakota
$38,710
Arizona
$38,590
Tennessee
$38,530
Louisiana
$38,460
Utah
$38,160
Rhode Island
$37,890
Iowa
$37,500
Washington
$37,210
Delaware
$37,210
Texas
$37,030
Indiana
$36,870
Michigan
$36,570
South Carolina
$35,550
Illinois
$35,390
Missouri
$35,200
Kansas
$33,650
Arkansas
$33,540
West Virginia
$32,180
Mississippi
$27,970
Puerto Rico
$27,550



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