Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Substance Abuse Counselors currently employed in Southwest Colorado Nonmetropolitan Area is 420.
  • Substance Abuse Counselors in Southwest Colorado Nonmetropolitan Area earn an average of $54,470 per year or $26.19 per hour.
  • The percentage of Colorado Substance Abuse Counselors who work in Southwest Colorado Nonmetropolitan Area is less than 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Substance Abuse Counselors who work in Southwest Colorado Nonmetropolitan Area is less than 1%.

Rankings for Southwest Colorado Nonmetropolitan Area

  • Ranks #5 in Colorado for salary and #7 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #6 in Colorado for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #134 in the nation for salary and #162 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #138 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to Colorado

Southwest Colorado Nonmetropolitan Area Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $54,470 or $26.19 per hour which is 5% less than the Colorado average salary of $57,900.

AverageSouthwest Colorado Nonmetropolitan AreaColorado% Difference
Hourly Wage$26.19$27.84-5.93%
Annual Salary$54,470$57,900-5.92%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Southwest Colorado Nonmetropolitan Area Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $54,470 or $26.19 per hour which is 1% more than the U.S. average salary of $53,490.

AverageSouthwest Colorado Nonmetropolitan AreaU.S.%
Hourly Wage$26.19$25.721.83%
Annual Salary$54,470$53,4901.83%
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 Southwest Colorado Nonmetropolitan Area earns an average annual salary of $56,977 which compares to the Colorado average annual salary of $57,900. per year.

Cost-of-living in Southwest Colorado Nonmetropolitan Area is 4% less than the Colorado average, which means Southwest Colorado Nonmetropolitan Area residents have an overall less 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.
  • Southwest Colorado Nonmetropolitan Area average salary is $54,470.
  • Southwest Colorado Nonmetropolitan Area cost-of-living adjusted salary is $56,977.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Southwest Colorado Nonmetropolitan Area$54,47095.60%$56,977
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 Southwest Colorado Nonmetropolitan Area, 50% of Substance Abuse Counselors earn between $39,760 and $61,330 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 $77,460, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Substance Abuse Counselors.

Approximately 10% of Substance Abuse Counselors earn under $36,590, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Substance Abuse Counselors.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year42Under $36,590
15%2 – 4 years63$36,590 – $39,760
25%5 – 9 years105$39,760 – $56,560
25%10 – 14 years105$56,560 – $61,330
15%15 – 20 years63$56,560 – $77,460
10%20+ years42Above $77,460
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 $54,470, Southwest Colorado Nonmetropolitan Area Substance Abuse Counselors tend to earn less than School Psychologists ($96,980), Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($80,590), and Marriage and Family Therapists ($63,130).

However, Substance Abuse Counselors tend to earn more than Social Workers ($53,600), and Health Care Social Workers ($54,120).

TitleAnnual Salary
School Psychologists$96,980
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$80,590
Marriage and Family Therapists$63,130
Substance Abuse Counselors$54,470
Health Care Social Workers$54,120
Social Workers$53,600
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Southwest Colorado Nonmetropolitan Area Substance Abuse Counselors

The number of Substance Abuse Counselors currently employed in Southwest Colorado Nonmetropolitan Area is 420.

Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $54,470 per year or $26.19 per hour in Southwest Colorado Nonmetropolitan Area.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Southwest Colorado Nonmetropolitan Area Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $56,977 per year or $27 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Southwest Colorado Nonmetropolitan Area are School Psychologists($96,980), Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($80,590), Marriage and Family Therapists($63,130).


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