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Occupational Employment Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
283,540 1.1 % $24.01 $49,950 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.19 $17.29 $22.23 $28.68 $36.58
Annual Wage (2) $29,520 $35,960 $46,240 $59,650 $76,080


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 64,090 6.72 $23.15 $48,150
Individual and Family Services 51,730 2.04 $24.38 $50,700
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 34,310 5.38 $20.38 $42,380
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 27,010 2.83 $25.78 $53,620
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 20,590 0.37 $27.62 $57,440

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 64,090 6.72 $23.15 $48,150
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 14,360 5.81 $22.73 $47,280
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 34,310 5.38 $20.38 $42,380
Other Residential Care Facilities 7,270 4.46 $19.90 $41,400
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 27,010 2.83 $25.78 $53,620

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Junior Colleges 280 0.04 $30.64 $63,740
Insurance Carriers 790 0.07 $29.93 $62,250
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities 150 0.01 $29.36 $61,060
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 3,640 0.12 $27.80 $57,810
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 20,590 0.37 $27.62 $57,440


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 32,380 1.86 0.96 $26.24 $54,580
Pennsylvania 20,350 3.45 1.79 $22.83 $47,480
Massachusetts 16,120 4.45 2.31 $22.85 $47,530
New York 14,910 1.57 0.81 $26.10 $54,280
Florida 13,980 1.59 0.82 $21.55 $44,820




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 1,810 5.91 3.06 $21.62 $44,970
Massachusetts 16,120 4.45 2.31 $22.85 $47,530
Pennsylvania 20,350 3.45 1.79 $22.83 $47,480
Montana 1,600 3.42 1.77 $20.56 $42,770
Virginia 12,100 3.12 1.62 $24.81 $51,610




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Utah 3,270 2.17 1.13 $32.41 $67,410
Nevada 1,180 0.85 0.44 $30.73 $63,910
Oregon 5,550 2.91 1.51 $29.31 $60,960
Alaska 960 3.03 1.57 $29.25 $60,830
New Jersey 10,130 2.48 1.28 $28.90 $60,120





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 16,570 1.72 0.89 $28.25 $58,750
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 11,950 1.92 0.99 $26.76 $55,660
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 10,020 3.58 1.85 $22.78 $47,380
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 9,390 2.01 1.04 $23.21 $48,280
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 9,230 3.21 1.66 $24.39 $50,730
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 5,680 2.15 1.11 $21.97 $45,690
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 5,050 2.56 1.33 $24.73 $51,440
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 4,820 2.39 1.24 $24.79 $51,550
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 4,800 1.51 0.78 $28.21 $58,670
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 4,490 1.82 0.94 $28.99 $60,290