Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

21-1011 Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors

Counsel and advise individuals with alcohol, tobacco, drug, or other problems, such as gambling and eating disorders. May counsel individuals, families, or groups or engage in prevention programs. Excludes "Social Workers" (21-1021 through 21-1029), "Psychologists" (19-3031 through 19-3039), and "Mental Health Counselors" (21-1014) providing these services.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
87,090 1.7 % $20.64 $42,920 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.43 $15.31 $19.22 $24.59 $30.30
Annual Wage (2) $25,860 $31,850 $39,980 $51,140 $63,030


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers 20,870 2.83 $20.33 $42,290
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 18,430 3.03 $18.51 $38,500
Individual and Family Services 12,230 0.77 $19.57 $40,700
Local Government (OES Designation) 6,000 0.11 $23.04 $47,910
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 5,510 2.39 $21.80 $45,340

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 18,430 3.03 $18.51 $38,500
Outpatient Care Centers 20,870 2.83 $20.33 $42,290
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 5,510 2.39 $21.80 $45,340
Other Residential Care Facilities 2,770 1.70 $16.28 $33,870
Individual and Family Services 12,230 0.77 $19.57 $40,700

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Junior Colleges 40 0.01 $34.87 $72,520
Scientific Research and Development Services 220 0.03 $32.39 $67,380
Elementary and Secondary Schools 3,190 0.04 $26.65 $55,440
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 130 0.05 $26.62 $55,360
Insurance Carriers 60 (7) $26.42 $54,960


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.




States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 8,570 0.55 0.88 $19.41 $40,370
New York 7,920 0.88 1.40 $23.53 $48,940
Pennsylvania 6,820 1.19 1.89 $20.54 $42,720
Florida 4,580 0.58 0.92 $21.69 $45,100
Massachusetts 4,360 1.28 2.03 $20.50 $42,630



States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 2,760 1.66 2.63 $22.56 $46,920
South Dakota 560 1.36 2.16 $18.45 $38,370
Massachusetts 4,360 1.28 2.03 $20.50 $42,630
Pennsylvania 6,820 1.19 1.89 $20.54 $42,720
Montana 530 1.19 1.88 $18.10 $37,650



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Hampshire 150 0.23 0.36 $26.96 $56,070
New Mexico 520 0.66 1.04 $25.26 $52,540
North Dakota 280 0.63 1.00 $24.76 $51,490
District of Columbia 150 0.22 0.35 $24.51 $50,980
New Jersey 3,070 0.79 1.24 $24.20 $50,330




Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,730 0.88 1.40 $24.96 $51,920
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,180 0.53 0.84 $18.90 $39,310
Pittsburgh, PA 1,660 1.47 2.32 $17.72 $36,850
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,620 0.86 1.37 $20.29 $42,210
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 1,540 1.17 1.85 $20.99 $43,650
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,320 0.70 1.12 $22.06 $45,880
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,270 0.35 0.56 $17.15 $35,670
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,240 1.40 2.22 $21.91 $45,570
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,230 0.70 1.11 $20.57 $42,790
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 1,170 1.16 1.84 $21.84 $45,420