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Salary Potential for Substance Abuse Counselors

Salary Potential for Substance Abuse Counselors

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors earned an average salary of $41,090 per year (or approximately $18.57 per hour), in 2013. The best-paid earned about $60,160, while the lowest-paid earned less than $25,200. The median annual wage for substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors was $38,520 in May 2012.

Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors tend to earn less money than professions with other health care jobs. However, substance abuse and behavioral counselors earn a similar salary as mental health counselors, who made $43,700 in 2013.

Job Outlook for Substance Abuse Counselors

Employment of substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors is projected to grow 31 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth is expected as addiction and mental health counseling services are increasingly covered by insurance policies.

Quick Facts: Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
2012 Median Pay $38,520 /year or $18.52/hour
Entry-Level Education High school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training Moderate-term on-the-job training
Number of Jobs, 2012 89,600
Job Outlook, 2012-22 31% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change, 2012-22 28,200

Sources:

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/substance-abuse-and-behavioral-disorder-counselors.htm (visited February 25, 2015).

US News Online http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/substance-abuse-counselor/salary (visited February 25, 2015).