Department of Labor Logo United States Department of Labor
Dot gov

The .gov means it's official.
Federal government websites often end in .gov or .mil. Before sharing sensitive information, make sure you're on a federal government site.

Https

The site is secure.
The https:// ensures that you are connecting to the official website and that any information you provide is encrypted and transmitted securely.

Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
PRINT:Print
OEWS OEWS Program Links

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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

This occupation includes the 2018 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)
310,880 1.0 % $ 25.72 $ 53,490 0.5 %

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

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.84 $ 18.52 $ 23.33 $ 29.64 $ 37.49
Annual Wage (2) $ 30,870 $ 38,520 $ 48,520 $ 61,660 $ 77,980


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 72,820 7.38 $ 24.99 $ 51,980
Individual and Family Services 51,580 1.94 $ 25.08 $ 52,170
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 38,250 3.93 $ 27.66 $ 57,520
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 35,410 5.78 $ 21.71 $ 45,150
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 21,920 0.41 $ 30.57 $ 63,580

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 72,820 7.38 $ 24.99 $ 51,980
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 15,270 6.38 $ 23.60 $ 49,100
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 35,410 5.78 $ 21.71 $ 45,150
Other Residential Care Facilities 7,660 5.08 $ 18.73 $ 38,950
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 38,250 3.93 $ 27.66 $ 57,520

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 (8) (8) $ 37.77 $ 78,570
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities 230 0.02 $ 36.48 $ 75,880
Insurance Carriers 510 0.04 $ 36.24 $ 75,390
Junior Colleges 270 0.04 $ 32.93 $ 68,490
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 330 0.02 $ 32.78 $ 68,180


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.



Map of employment of substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors by state, May 2021


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 34,820 2.11 0.95 $ 28.74 $ 59,790
New York 20,010 2.31 1.05 $ 26.95 $ 56,050
Pennsylvania 18,240 3.27 1.48 $ 23.79 $ 49,480
Massachusetts 17,020 5.01 2.27 $ 26.52 $ 55,160
Texas 16,970 1.39 0.63 $ 23.81 $ 49,510


Map of location quotient of substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors by state, May 2021


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)
Massachusetts 17,020 5.01 2.27 $ 26.52 $ 55,160
Vermont 1,210 4.26 1.93 $ 23.51 $ 48,890
Washington 12,390 3.86 1.75 $ 27.16 $ 56,500
Colorado 10,100 3.85 1.75 $ 27.84 $ 57,900
Montana 1,770 3.76 1.70 $ 21.87 $ 45,490


Map of annual mean wages of substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors by state, May 2021


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)
Utah 3,450 2.22 1.01 $ 31.82 $ 66,190
Alaska 1,000 3.37 1.53 $ 31.29 $ 65,090
District of Columbia 820 1.24 0.56 $ 31.21 $ 64,920
Rhode Island 570 1.25 0.57 $ 31.08 $ 64,640
New Jersey 10,710 2.78 1.26 $ 30.50 $ 63,430



Map of employment of substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors by area, May 2021


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 19,650 2.26 1.03 $ 29.52 $ 61,390
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 13,010 2.28 1.03 $ 28.66 $ 59,610
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 10,630 4.11 1.86 $ 26.72 $ 55,570
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 9,480 3.57 1.62 $ 25.85 $ 53,770
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 7,810 1.84 0.84 $ 26.18 $ 54,460
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 6,570 3.42 1.55 $ 28.20 $ 58,650
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 5,080 1.73 0.79 $ 30.06 $ 62,510
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 4,930 2.71 1.23 $ 26.13 $ 54,350
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 4,760 3.25 1.47 $ 29.57 $ 61,510
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 4,620 2.06 0.93 $ 31.43 $ 65,370


Map of location quotient of substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors by area, May 2021


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 680 10.93 4.95 $ 23.72 $ 49,340
Pueblo, CO 610 10.05 4.55 $ 25.42 $ 52,870
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA 560 8.27 3.75 $ 22.91 $ 47,650
Leominster-Gardner, MA 390 8.04 3.65 $ 27.49 $ 57,170
Worcester, MA-CT 2,030 7.57 3.43 $ 26.20 $ 54,500
Springfield, MA-CT 2,220 7.23 3.28 $ 25.85 $ 53,760
Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA 1,680 7.16 3.24 $ 25.64 $ 53,330
Trenton, NJ 1,450 6.37 2.89 $ 28.83 $ 59,970
Gettysburg, PA 200 6.11 2.77 $ 21.37 $ 44,450
Longview, WA 220 5.74 2.60 $ 27.73 $ 57,680