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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

21-1018 Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors

This occupation includes the 2018 and 2010 SOC occupations 21-1011 Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors and 21-1014 Mental Health Counselors.


National estimates for Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors
Industry profile for Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors
Geographic profile for Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors

National estimates for Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
293,620 1.2 % $ 24.78 $ 51,550 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.71 $ 17.77 $ 22.91 $ 29.69 $ 37.84
Annual Wage (2) $ 30,590 $ 36,950 $ 47,660 $ 61,760 $ 78,700


Industry profile for Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers 63,110 6.57 $ 23.93 $ 49,770
Individual and Family Services 52,580 2.06 $ 25.02 $ 52,050
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 34,070 5.39 $ 21.18 $ 44,050
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 30,160 3.34 $ 25.90 $ 53,870
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 23,170 0.43 $ 28.07 $ 58,390

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers 63,110 6.57 $ 23.93 $ 49,770
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 13,780 5.70 $ 23.52 $ 48,920
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 34,070 5.39 $ 21.18 $ 44,050
Other Residential Care Facilities 8,540 5.34 $ 20.27 $ 42,150
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 30,160 3.34 $ 25.90 $ 53,870

Top paying industries for Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 40 0.01 $ 34.10 $ 70,940
Insurance Carriers 850 0.07 $ 31.80 $ 66,140
Child Day Care Services 280 0.04 $ 31.55 $ 65,620
Junior Colleges 310 0.05 $ 31.32 $ 65,150
Elementary and Secondary Schools 11,130 0.14 $ 28.21 $ 58,670


Geographic profile for Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 34,430 2.10 0.99 $ 27.34 $ 56,860
Pennsylvania 19,220 3.49 1.65 $ 23.29 $ 48,450
New York 16,340 1.88 0.89 $ 27.50 $ 57,210
Florida 15,370 1.82 0.86 $ 22.10 $ 45,960
Massachusetts 14,670 4.38 2.07 $ 24.32 $ 50,590




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Vermont 1,580 5.61 2.66 $ 21.12 $ 43,920
Massachusetts 14,670 4.38 2.07 $ 24.32 $ 50,590
Montana 1,700 3.74 1.77 $ 19.64 $ 40,860
Colorado 9,470 3.67 1.74 $ 25.85 $ 53,760
Virginia 13,400 3.62 1.72 $ 25.85 $ 53,780




Top paying states for Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 1,030 0.82 0.39 $ 32.96 $ 68,560
Utah 3,350 2.25 1.06 $ 29.93 $ 62,250
Alaska 990 3.35 1.59 $ 29.80 $ 61,980
New Jersey 9,780 2.59 1.23 $ 29.48 $ 61,310
Oregon 5,860 3.24 1.54 $ 28.75 $ 59,800





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 17,840 2.02 0.96 $ 29.48 $ 61,320
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 13,370 2.30 1.09 $ 26.73 $ 55,600
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 9,110 3.50 1.66 $ 24.33 $ 50,600
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 8,650 1.98 0.94 $ 23.16 $ 48,170
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 8,380 3.11 1.47 $ 24.82 $ 51,630
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 6,960 2.77 1.31 $ 23.10 $ 48,060
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 6,040 2.00 0.95 $ 28.76 $ 59,820
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 5,510 2.82 1.33 $ 26.34 $ 54,790
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 4,920 2.66 1.26 $ 26.40 $ 54,910
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 4,640 3.18 1.51 $ 26.45 $ 55,010




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Bedford, MA 780 13.05 6.18 $ 22.62 $ 47,050
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA 550 8.37 3.97 $ 21.56 $ 44,850
Pueblo, CO 480 8.01 3.79 $ 25.63 $ 53,320
Worcester, MA-CT 1,970 7.39 3.50 $ 23.70 $ 49,290
Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA 1,640 7.06 3.34 $ 23.76 $ 49,430
Gettysburg, PA 200 6.58 3.12 $ 21.15 $ 43,990
Grants Pass, OR 160 6.33 3.00 $ 25.78 $ 53,630
Altoona, PA 340 6.20 2.94 $ 22.06 $ 45,880
Pittsfield, MA 220 6.17 2.92 $ 19.87 $ 41,330
Monroe, LA 440 6.11 2.89 $ 19.00 $ 39,510