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Substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors Salary Information

The salary statistics of substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health 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, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$27,310
25th Percentile Wage
$33,960
50th Percentile Wage
$43,300
75th Percentile Wage
$55,850
90th Percentile Wage
$70,840

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors is $70,840. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $43,300. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $27,310. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 159% 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, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors from 2012 to 2017. Note that there is no salary data for some years between 2012 and 2017.

YearMedian Salary Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$43,300
0.00% 0.00%
2012
$43,300
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Table 2. Substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health 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, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors occupations is the finance and insurance sector with an annual salary $57,870. The lowest paying sector is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector (annual salary $35,590).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Finance and Insurance
$57,870
Educational Services
$51,210
Federal, State, and Local Government
$50,600
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$49,600
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$48,380
Health Care and Social Assistance
$42,220
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$41,440
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$35,590

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors by States

From the above tables we note that not only substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health 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, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $25,220 to $59,730. The highest paying state for substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors is Alaska with a median annual salary of $59,730. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $25,220. For more salary information of substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Alaska
$59,730
Utah
$57,070
Wyoming
$56,560
North Dakota
$55,350
New Jersey
$53,980
Oregon
$49,260
Connecticut
$47,680
Arkansas
$47,460
Nevada
$47,220
Maine
$47,140
Colorado
$46,540
Minnesota
$46,460
Idaho
$46,460
North Carolina
$46,380
New Mexico
$46,190
Oklahoma
$45,720
District of Columbia
$45,690
Nebraska
$45,590
Virginia
$45,150
Hawaii
$45,120
New York
$44,390
Ohio
$43,820
Rhode Island
$43,560
Georgia
$43,550
Michigan
$43,390
Wisconsin
$42,710
Washington
$42,660
Vermont
$42,650
California
$42,640
Massachusetts
$42,310
Pennsylvania
$42,270
Maryland
$41,970
Florida
$41,490
Arizona
$41,080
Montana
$41,050
Texas
$40,930
New Hampshire
$40,750
Alabama
$40,370
South Dakota
$39,730
Delaware
$39,120
Illinois
$39,090
Iowa
$39,060
Kentucky
$39,000
Indiana
$38,920
Kansas
$38,390
Tennessee
$37,760
South Carolina
$37,540
Missouri
$37,280
Louisiana
$36,320
Mississippi
$35,390
West Virginia
$33,580
Puerto Rico
$25,220



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