Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Substance Abuse Counselors currently employed in Boulder is 860.
  • Substance Abuse Counselors in Boulder earn an average of $65,130 per year or $31.31 per hour.
  • The percentage of Colorado Substance Abuse Counselors who work in Boulder is less than 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Substance Abuse Counselors who work in Boulder is less than 1%.

Rankings for Boulder

  • Ranks #1 in Colorado for salary and #2 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #3 in Colorado for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #16 in the nation for salary and #45 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #60 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to Colorado

Boulder Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $65,130 or $31.31 per hour which is 12% more than the Colorado average salary of $57,900.

AverageBoulderColorado% Difference
Hourly Wage$31.31$27.8412.46%
Annual Salary$65,130$57,90012.49%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Boulder Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $65,130 or $31.31 per hour which is 21% more than the U.S. average salary of $53,490.

AverageBoulderU.S.%
Hourly Wage$31.31$25.7221.73%
Annual Salary$65,130$53,49021.76%
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 Boulder earns an average annual salary of $63,492 which compares to the Colorado average annual salary of $57,900. per year.

Cost-of-living in Boulder is 3% higher than the Colorado average, which means Boulder residents have an overall higher cost for food, housing, utilities and transportation compared to Colorado average.

  • Colorado average salary is $57,900.
  • Colorado cost-of-living adjusted salary is $56,285.
  • Boulder average salary is $65,130.
  • Boulder cost-of-living adjusted salary is $63,492.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Boulder$65,130102.58%$63,492
Colorado$57,900102.87%$56,285
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 Boulder, 50% of Substance Abuse Counselors earn between $47,130 and $77,360 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 $100,980, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Substance Abuse Counselors.

Approximately 10% of Substance Abuse Counselors earn under $37,720, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Substance Abuse Counselors.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year86Under $37,720
15%2 – 4 years129$37,720 – $47,130
25%5 – 9 years215$47,130 – $60,600
25%10 – 14 years215$60,600 – $77,360
15%15 – 20 years129$60,600 – $100,980
10%20+ years86Above $100,980
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 $65,130, Boulder Substance Abuse Counselors tend to earn less than School Psychologists ($116,280), and Marriage and Family Therapists ($79,440).

However, Substance Abuse Counselors tend to earn more than Health Care Social Workers ($57,680), and Social Workers ($62,660).

TitleAnnual Salary
School Psychologists$116,280
Marriage and Family Therapists$79,440
Substance Abuse Counselors$65,130
Social Workers$62,660
Health Care Social Workers$57,680
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Boulder Substance Abuse Counselors

The number of Substance Abuse Counselors currently employed in Boulder is 860.

Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $65,130 per year or $31.31 per hour in Boulder.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Boulder Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $63,492 per year or $31 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Boulder are School Psychologists($116,280), Marriage and Family Therapists($79,440), Substance Abuse Counselors($65,130).


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

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