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According to the BLS, substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors earned a median salary of $38,520, or approximately $18.52 per hour in 2012. The best-paid earned about $60,000, while the lowest-paid earned less than $25,140. Areas of the industry that pay well include colleges, universities, professional schools, civic and social organizations and nursing care facilities. According to the BLS, Michigan is home to two of the top three highest-paying metropolitan areas for the occupation: Lansing and Flint.

Job Salary Year
2004 $32,660.00
2006 $34,970.00
2008 $37,810.00
2010 $38,810.00
2012 $40,920.00

Average Substance Abuse Counselor Pay vs. All Health Care Jobs

With an average salary of $40,920 per year in 2012, substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors tend to earn less money than other health care jobs. Compensation for occupational therapy assistants is slightly above $53,000, while physical therapist assistants’ take-home pay stretches beyond $52,000. However, substance abuse and behavioral counselors earn a similar salary as mental health counselors, who make roughly $43,290.

Job Name Salary
Dentist $145,240.00
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer $65,860.00
Physical Therapist Assistant $52,160.00
Mental Health Counselor $40,080.00
Substance Abuse Counselor $38,520.00

Best Paying Cities for Substance Abuse Counselors

The highest paid in the substance abuse counselor profession work in the metropolitan areas of Flint, Michigan, Lansing, Michigan, and Detroit. The Green Bay, Wisconsin area also pays well, as does the city of Edison and New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Flint, Michigan

Average Salary: $65,420 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a substance abuse counselor working in Flint, Michigan is $65,420, which is $26,900 more than the average pay in the profession.

Lansing, Michigan

Average Salary: $64,060 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a substance abuse counselor working in Lansing, Michigan is $64,060, which is $25,540 more than the average pay in the profession.

Detroit

Average Salary: $56,780 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a substance abuse counselor working in Detroit is $56,780, which is $18,260 more than the average pay in the profession.

Green Bay, Wisconsin

Average Salary: $56,300 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a substance abuse counselor working in Green Bay, Wisconsin is $56,300, which is $17,780 more than the average pay in the profession.

Edison and New Brunswick, New Jersey

Average Salary: $54,070 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a substance abuse counselor working in Edison and New Brunswick, New Jersey is $54,070, which is $15,550 more than the average pay in the profession.

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