Salary Report for Delaware Substance Abuse Counselors

  • The number of Substance Abuse Counselors currently employed in Delaware is 1,050.
  • Substance Abuse Counselors in Delaware earn an average of $47,950 per year or $23.05 per hour.
  • The percentage of U.S. Substance Abuse Counselors who work in Delaware is less than 1%.
  • Delaware will need 810 new Substance Abuse Counselors by 2030 or 90 new psychologists per year.

Delaware Rankings

  • Delaware ranks #39 in the U.S. for Substance Abuse Counselors salary and #22 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Delaware ranks #44 in the U.S. for the total number of Substance Abuse Counselors employed.
  • Delaware ranks #48 in U.S. for the number of new Substance Abuse Counselors needed by 2030.
  • Delaware ranks #4 in U.S. for the percentage of new Substance Abuse Counselors needed by 2030.

Compare Delaware to U.S.

Delaware Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $47,950 which is 10% less than the national average salary of $53,490.

TypeDelawareU.S.% Difference
Average Hourly Wage$23.05$25.72-10.38%
Average Annual Salary$47,950$53,490-10.36%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Salary Range by Education and Experience

In Delaware, 50% of Substance Abuse Counselors earn between $36,500 and $59,390 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 $63,340, a rate generally associated with highly educated and experienced Substance Abuse Counselors.

Approximately 10% of Substance Abuse Counselors earn under $30,730, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Substance Abuse Counselors.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year105Under $30,730
15%2 – 4 years158$30,730 – $36,500
25%5 – 9 years262$36,500 – $46,910
25%10 – 14 years262$46,910 – $59,390
15%15 – 20 years158$46,910 – $63,340
10%20+ years105Above $63,340
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Adjusted for Cost-of-Living

After being adjusted for cost-of-living, Substance Abuse Counselors in Delaware psychologists earn about $48,994 per year which is less than the average U.S. psychologist of $53,490.

Cost-of-living in Delaware is 2% less than the national average, which means Delaware residents have an overall less cost for food, housing, utilities and transportation compared to other states.

  • National average salary for Substance Abuse Counselors is $53,490.
  • Average Delaware Substance Abuse Counselors salary is $47,950.
  • Adjusted for cost-of-living, Delaware Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average salary of $48,994.

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Salary Compared to Related Professions

With an average annual salary of $47,950, Delaware Substance Abuse Counselors tend to earn less than Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($129,450), School Psychologists ($74,220), Health Care Social Workers ($56,330), and Marriage and Family Therapists ($54,540).

However, Substance Abuse Counselors tend to earn more than Social Workers ($41,450).

TitleAnnual Salary
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$129,450
School Psychologists$74,220
Health Care Social Workers$56,330
Marriage and Family Therapists$54,540
Substance Abuse Counselors$47,950
Social Workers$41,450
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Projected Demand for Psychologists in 2030

The U.S. Department of Labor projects that in Delaware the three professions needing the most new psychologists by 2030 are Social Workers (1,500), Substance Abuse Counselors (810) and Health Care Social Workers (710).

The three professions in Delaware needing highest percentage new psychologists by 2030 are Substance Abuse Counselors (35%), Social Workers (13.6%) and Health Care Social Workers (12.7%).

Title20202030ChangeYearly Openings
Social Workers1,3201,50013.6%150
Health Care Social Workers63071012.7%70
Substance Abuse Counselors60081035%90
Psychology Teachers10011010%10
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, 2022*

Salaries Ranked by Delaware Cities

The average salary for Substance Abuse Counselors in Delaware is $47,950. The top cities that pay Substance Abuse Counselors the most is Dover ($49,480).

When adjusted for cost-of-living, the cities that pay Substance Abuse Counselors the highest average annual salary is Dover ($52,145).

The following table shows the average yearly salary range for Substance Abuse Counselors in each city, and the average yearly salary after being adjusted for cost-of-living in that state.

The difference column shows how much more or less purchasing power a Substance Abuse Counselors salary will have in that area.

AreaAverage SalaryCOL AdjustedDifference
Dover$49,480$52,145$2,665
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Salary FAQ for Delaware Substance Abuse Counselors

Delaware Substance Abuse Counselors earn between $30,730 and $63,340 a year depending on their level of education, experience and skill.

There are currently 1,050 Substance Abuse Counselors employed in Delaware which is about 0% of the U.S. total.

Clinical and Counseling Psychologists are the highest paid psychologists in Delaware with an average annual wage of $129,450.

An entry level psychologist makes as much as $30,730 a year in Delaware

The most Substance Abuse Counselors work in the Dover area where 150 Substance Abuse Counselors are employed.

After being adjusted for cost-of-living, Substance Abuse Counselors in Delaware earn 48,994 per year, while the average across the United States earns $53,490.

By 2030, Delaware will need 810 Substance Abuse Counselors. A total of 90 Substance Abuse Counselors will need to enter into the Delaware work forces each year.

City and Rural Summaries

Dover

Average Substance Abuse Counselors Salary: $49,480
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $52,145
Hourly Wage: $23.79
Currently Employed: 150
Cost-of-Living Index: 94.89
Dover Salary Report

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