Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
241,930 1.0 % $22.38 $46,560 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.13 $16.33 $20.82 $26.85 $34.06
Annual Wage (2) $27,310 $33,960 $43,300 $55,850 $70,840


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 55,160 6.27 $21.85 $45,450
Individual and Family Services 42,920 1.86 $21.99 $45,750
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 34,870 5.56 $19.20 $39,940
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 17,960 2.05 $24.36 $50,680
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 17,770 0.33 $26.20 $54,490

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 55,160 6.27 $21.85 $45,450
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 34,870 5.56 $19.20 $39,940
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 12,910 5.39 $21.91 $45,570
Other Residential Care Facilities 6,310 3.87 $19.12 $39,770
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 17,960 2.05 $24.36 $50,680

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities 80 0.01 $34.29 $71,310
Scientific Research and Development Services 240 0.04 $34.08 $70,890
Junior Colleges 130 0.02 $30.57 $63,580
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,870 0.10 $26.79 $55,730
Insurance Carriers 370 0.03 $26.73 $55,600


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 26,240 1.57 0.93 $23.00 $47,840
Pennsylvania 20,930 3.62 2.13 $21.28 $44,270
New York 13,590 1.48 0.87 $22.90 $47,640
Massachusetts 12,790 3.63 2.14 $22.27 $46,310
Virginia 11,190 2.95 1.74 $23.55 $48,990




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 1,160 3.81 2.25 $22.81 $47,450
Massachusetts 12,790 3.63 2.14 $22.27 $46,310
Pennsylvania 20,930 3.62 2.13 $21.28 $44,270
Virginia 11,190 2.95 1.74 $23.55 $48,990
Montana 1,350 2.93 1.73 $21.34 $44,380




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Utah 2,340 1.66 0.98 $32.29 $67,160
Alaska 840 2.64 1.56 $29.82 $62,030
Oregon 4,810 2.63 1.55 $27.60 $57,420
New Jersey 8,060 2.01 1.19 $27.50 $57,200
Wyoming 460 1.73 1.02 $27.33 $56,850



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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 9,490 1.42 0.84 $25.99 $54,070
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 7,550 1.70 1.00 $23.81 $49,530
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 5,800 1.58 0.93 $21.29 $44,290
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 4,500 2.33 1.37 $23.47 $48,820
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,330 1.72 1.01 $26.38 $54,860
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 4,250 4.70 2.77 $20.91 $43,480
Pittsburgh, PA 4,240 3.74 2.20 $19.79 $41,170
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 3,830 2.08 1.23 $23.67 $49,230
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 3,610 2.50 1.47 $23.04 $47,930
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 3,240 3.13 1.85 $23.36 $48,600


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

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Worcester, MA-CT 2,370 8.41 4.96 $20.20 $42,020
Taunton-Middleborough-Norton, MA NECTA Division 440 7.44 4.39 $24.44 $50,830
New Bedford, MA 490 7.42 4.37 $19.53 $40,620
Waterbury, CT 390 5.69 3.35 $26.88 $55,920
Pueblo, CO 340 5.62 3.31 $23.55 $48,990
Peabody-Salem-Beverly, MA NECTA Division 520 5.46 3.22 $23.72 $49,340
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA Division 440 5.44 3.20 $25.74 $53,540
Grants Pass, OR 130 5.40 3.18 $20.29 $42,210
Grand Junction, CO 320 5.30 3.12 $20.40 $42,420
Lebanon, PA 250 5.18 3.05 $23.04 $47,930