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Occupational Employment Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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

Counsel and advise individuals, families, or groups to prevent or treat substance abuse problems, behavioral disorders, or a broad range of mental health issues in order to promote optimum mental and emotional health.


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)
267,730 1.1 % $23.04 $47,920 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.58 $16.80 $21.46 $27.68 $35.09
Annual Wage (2) $28,240 $34,950 $44,630 $57,580 $72,990


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 62,310 6.76 $22.24 $46,260
Individual and Family Services 47,560 1.96 $22.98 $47,790
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 36,050 5.64 $19.59 $40,750
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 22,140 2.43 $24.89 $51,760
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 20,370 0.37 $27.00 $56,160

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers 62,310 6.76 $22.24 $46,260
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 14,070 5.83 $22.46 $46,720
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 36,050 5.64 $19.59 $40,750
Other Residential Care Facilities 6,870 4.21 $19.64 $40,840
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 22,140 2.43 $24.89 $51,760

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Junior Colleges 180 0.02 $30.65 $63,760
Insurance Carriers 720 0.06 $29.14 $60,610
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities 130 0.01 $28.87 $60,060
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 3,150 0.10 $27.05 $56,270
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 20,370 0.37 $27.00 $56,160


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 31,270 1.84 0.99 $24.50 $50,950
Pennsylvania 20,860 3.57 1.93 $21.99 $45,740
Massachusetts 15,880 4.45 2.40 $23.02 $47,880
New York 14,610 1.56 0.84 $24.70 $51,380
Virginia 12,620 3.29 1.78 $23.97 $49,860




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)
Vermont 1,640 5.36 2.90 $22.57 $46,950
Massachusetts 15,880 4.45 2.40 $23.02 $47,880
Pennsylvania 20,860 3.57 1.93 $21.99 $45,740
Virginia 12,620 3.29 1.78 $23.97 $49,860
Colorado 7,770 2.97 1.60 $23.31 $48,490




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Utah 2,540 1.74 0.94 $31.89 $66,330
Alaska 910 2.90 1.57 $30.25 $62,920
District of Columbia 650 0.92 0.50 $28.78 $59,850
Oregon 4,880 2.58 1.40 $28.55 $59,390
New Jersey 8,600 2.12 1.15 $28.08 $58,410





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 14,990 1.58 0.85 $27.11 $56,400
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 12,630 2.06 1.12 $24.35 $50,650
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 9,250 3.25 1.75 $22.95 $47,740
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 9,140 3.31 1.79 $23.64 $49,180
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 8,790 1.89 1.02 $21.79 $45,320
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 5,050 2.58 1.40 $23.78 $49,460
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 4,580 1.77 0.96 $21.13 $43,950
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 4,480 2.26 1.22 $22.86 $47,550
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 4,300 1.37 0.74 $26.95 $56,050
Pittsburgh, PA 3,850 3.36 1.82 $21.68 $45,090