Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Substance Abuse Counselors currently employed in Anchorage is 540.
  • Substance Abuse Counselors in Anchorage earn an average of $65,510 per year or $31.50 per hour.
  • The percentage of Alaska Substance Abuse Counselors who work in Anchorage is 100%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Substance Abuse Counselors who work in Anchorage is less than 1%.

Rankings for Anchorage

  • Ranks #2 in Alaska for salary and #1 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #1 in Alaska for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #14 in the nation for salary and #37 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #105 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to Alaska

Anchorage Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $65,510 or $31.50 per hour which is almost same as Alaska average salary of $65,090.

AverageAnchorageAlaska% Difference
Hourly Wage$31.50$31.290.67%
Annual Salary$65,510$65,0900.65%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Anchorage Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $65,510 or $31.50 per hour which is 22% more than the U.S. average salary of $53,490.

AverageAnchorageU.S.%
Hourly Wage$31.50$25.7222.47%
Annual Salary$65,510$53,49022.47%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Salary Adjusted for Cost-of-Living

When adjusted for cost-of-living, Substance Abuse Counselors in Anchorage earns an average annual salary of $62,821 which compares to the Alaska average annual salary of $65,090. per year.

Cost-of-living in Anchorage is 4% higher than the Alaska average, which means Anchorage residents have an overall higher cost for food, housing, utilities and transportation compared to Alaska average.

  • Alaska average salary is $65,090.
  • Alaska cost-of-living adjusted salary is $63,047.
  • Anchorage average salary is $65,510.
  • Anchorage cost-of-living adjusted salary is $62,821.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Anchorage$65,510104.28%$62,821
Alaska$65,090103.24%$63,047
U.S.$53,490$53,490
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Salary Ranges for Education and Experience

In Anchorage, 50% of Substance Abuse Counselors earn between $47,720 and $77,430 a year, depending on factors such as level of education, experience, location and place of employment.

About 10% of Substance Abuse Counselors earn more than $102,250, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Substance Abuse Counselors.

Approximately 10% of Substance Abuse Counselors earn under $37,220, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Substance Abuse Counselors.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year54Under $37,220
15%2 – 4 years81$37,220 – $47,720
25%5 – 9 years135$47,720 – $60,830
25%10 – 14 years135$60,830 – $77,430
15%15 – 20 years81$60,830 – $102,250
10%20+ years54Above $102,250
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Salary Compared to Related Professions

With an average annual salary of $65,510, Anchorage Substance Abuse Counselors tend to earn less than Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($92,390).

However, Substance Abuse Counselors tend to earn more than Health Care Social Workers ($60,160), and Social Workers ($64,260).

TitleAnnual Salary
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$92,390
Substance Abuse Counselors$65,510
Social Workers$64,260
Health Care Social Workers$60,160
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Anchorage Substance Abuse Counselors

The number of Substance Abuse Counselors currently employed in Anchorage is 540.

Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $65,510 per year or $31.50 per hour in Anchorage.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Anchorage Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $62,821 per year or $30 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Anchorage are Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($92,390), Substance Abuse Counselors($65,510), Social Workers($64,260).


Additional Salary Reports for Substance Abuse Counselors in Alaska cities and Metros and U.S. States.

Official Data Sources for Substance Abuse Counselors: Salary Data | Projected Employment | Cost of Living Data