Salary Report for Florida Substance Abuse Counselors

  • The number of Substance Abuse Counselors currently employed in Florida is 13,030.
  • Substance Abuse Counselors in Florida earn an average of $50,010 per year or $24.04 per hour.
  • The percentage of U.S. Substance Abuse Counselors who work in Florida is 4%.
  • Florida will need 21,300 new Substance Abuse Counselors by 2030 or 2,200 new psychologists per year.

Florida Rankings

  • Florida ranks #32 in the U.S. for Substance Abuse Counselors salary and #16 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Florida ranks #6 in the U.S. for the total number of Substance Abuse Counselors employed.
  • Florida ranks #5 in U.S. for the number of new Substance Abuse Counselors needed by 2030.
  • Florida ranks #12 in U.S. for the percentage of new Substance Abuse Counselors needed by 2030.

Compare Florida to U.S.

Florida Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $50,010 which is 6% less than the national average salary of $53,490.

TypeFloridaU.S.% Difference
Average Hourly Wage$24.04$25.72-6.53%
Average Annual Salary$50,010$53,490-6.51%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Salary Range by Education and Experience

In Florida, 50% of Substance Abuse Counselors earn between $37,060 and $60,160 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 $76,880, a rate generally associated with highly educated and experienced Substance Abuse Counselors.

Approximately 10% of Substance Abuse Counselors earn under $30,130, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Substance Abuse Counselors.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year1,303Under $30,130
15%2 – 4 years1,954$30,130 – $37,060
25%5 – 9 years3,258$37,060 – $46,680
25%10 – 14 years3,258$46,680 – $60,160
15%15 – 20 years1,954$46,680 – $76,880
10%20+ years1,303Above $76,880
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 Florida psychologists earn about $49,657 per year which is more than the average U.S. psychologist of $53,490.

Cost-of-living in Florida is 1% higher than the national average, which means Florida residents have an overall higher cost for food, housing, utilities and transportation compared to other states.

  • National average salary for Substance Abuse Counselors is $53,490.
  • Average Florida Substance Abuse Counselors salary is $50,010.
  • Adjusted for cost-of-living, Florida Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average salary of $49,657.

More cost-of-living reports for U.S. States.

Salary Compared to Related Professions

With an average annual salary of $50,010, Florida Substance Abuse Counselors tend to earn less than Forensic Psychologists ($103,240), Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($87,730), Psychology Teachers ($77,120), School Psychologists ($72,910), and Health Care Social Workers ($58,420).

However, Substance Abuse Counselors tend to earn more than Marriage and Family Therapists ($46,410), and Social Workers ($48,890).

TitleAnnual Salary
Forensic Psychologists$103,240
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$87,730
Psychology Teachers$77,120
School Psychologists$72,910
Health Care Social Workers$58,420
Substance Abuse Counselors$50,010
Social Workers$48,890
Marriage and Family Therapists$46,410
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 Florida the three professions needing the most new psychologists by 2030 are Substance Abuse Counselors (21,300), Social Workers (14,180) and Health Care Social Workers (12,470).

The three professions in Florida needing highest percentage new psychologists by 2030 are Substance Abuse Counselors (27.5%), Health Care Social Workers (17.8%) and Psychology Teachers (17.3%).

Title20202030ChangeYearly Openings
Substance Abuse Counselors16,71021,30027.5%2,200
Social Workers12,30014,18015.3%1,400
Health Care Social Workers10,59012,47017.8%1,240
Forensic Psychologists4,0604,57012.6%330
Psychology Teachers1,1001,29017.3%130
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, 2022*

Salaries Ranked by Florida Cities

The average salary for Substance Abuse Counselors in Florida is $50,010. The top cities that pay Substance Abuse Counselors the most are Gainesville ($56,740), Cape Coral-Fort Myers ($54,800) and Sebastian-Vero Beach ($54,530).

When adjusted for cost-of-living, the cities that pay Substance Abuse Counselors the highest average annual salary are Gainesville ($60,144), Sebastian-Vero Beach ($57,231) and South Florida Nonmetropolitan Area ($55,655).

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
Gainesville$56,740$60,144$3,404
Cape Coral-Fort Myers$54,800$55,359$559
Sebastian-Vero Beach$54,530$57,231$2,701
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island$53,240$52,786$-454
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford$52,280$52,990$710
South Florida Nonmetropolitan Area$51,370$55,655$4,285
Punta Gorda$51,190$52,975$1,785
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach$51,110$46,472$-4,638
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater$50,620$51,080$460
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton$49,460$49,209$-251
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent$49,240$52,556$3,316
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville$48,260$49,794$1,534
Panama City$48,070$50,125$2,055
Lakeland-Winter Haven$47,580$50,666$3,086
Ocala$47,140$50,825$3,685
Port St. Lucie$46,910$48,865$1,955
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin$46,770$48,698$1,928
North Florida Nonmetropolitan Area$46,450$50,325$3,875
Jacksonville$45,830$47,581$1,751
Tallahassee$44,100$47,313$3,213
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach$43,930$45,775$1,845
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Salary FAQ for Florida Substance Abuse Counselors

Florida Substance Abuse Counselors earn between $30,130 and $76,880 a year depending on their level of education, experience and skill.

There are currently 13,030 Substance Abuse Counselors employed in Florida which is about 4% of the U.S. total.

Forensic Psychologists are the highest paid psychologists in Florida with an average annual wage of $103,240.

An entry level psychologist makes as much as $30,130 a year in Florida

The most Substance Abuse Counselors work in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach area where 3,960 Substance Abuse Counselors are employed.

After being adjusted for cost-of-living, Substance Abuse Counselors in Florida earn 49,657 per year, while the average across the United States earns $53,490.

By 2030, Florida will need 21,300 Substance Abuse Counselors. A total of 2,200 Substance Abuse Counselors will need to enter into the Florida work forces each year.

City and Rural Summaries

Cape Coral-Fort Myers

Average Substance Abuse Counselors Salary: $54,800
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $55,359
Hourly Wage: $26.35
Currently Employed: 410
Cost-of-Living Index: 98.99
Cape Coral-Fort Myers Salary Report

Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin

Average Substance Abuse Counselors Salary: $46,770
Adjusted for Cost of Living: $48,698
Hourly Wage: $22
Currently Employed: 130
Cost-of-Living Index: 96.04
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin Salary Report

Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach

Average Substance Abuse Counselors Salary: $43,930
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $45,775
Hourly Wage: $21.12
Currently Employed: 290
Cost-of-Living Index: 95.97
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach Salary Report

Gainesville

Average Substance Abuse Counselors Salary: $56,740
Adjusted for Cost of Living: $60,144
Hourly Wage: $27
Currently Employed: 170
Cost-of-Living Index: 94.34
Gainesville Salary Report

Jacksonville

Average Substance Abuse Counselors Salary: $45,830
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $47,581
Hourly Wage: $22.03
Currently Employed: 1,060
Cost-of-Living Index: 96.32
Jacksonville Salary Report

Lakeland-Winter Haven

Average Substance Abuse Counselors Salary: $47,580
Adjusted for Cost of Living: $50,666
Hourly Wage: $23
Currently Employed: 230
Cost-of-Living Index: 93.91
Lakeland-Winter Haven Salary Report

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach

Average Substance Abuse Counselors Salary: $51,110
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $46,472
Hourly Wage: $24.57
Currently Employed: 3,960
Cost-of-Living Index: 109.98
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach Salary Report

Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island

Average Substance Abuse Counselors Salary: $53,240
Adjusted for Cost of Living: $52,786
Hourly Wage: $26
Currently Employed: 190
Cost-of-Living Index: 100.86
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island Salary Report

North Florida Nonmetropolitan Area

Average Substance Abuse Counselors Salary: $46,450
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $50,325
Hourly Wage: $22.33
Currently Employed: 130
Cost-of-Living Index: 92.30
North Florida Nonmetropolitan Area Salary Report

North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton

Average Substance Abuse Counselors Salary: $49,460
Adjusted for Cost of Living: $49,209
Hourly Wage: $24
Currently Employed: 370
Cost-of-Living Index: 100.51
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton Salary Report

Ocala

Average Substance Abuse Counselors Salary: $47,140
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $50,825
Hourly Wage: $22.66
Currently Employed: 170
Cost-of-Living Index: 92.75
Ocala Salary Report

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford

Average Substance Abuse Counselors Salary: $52,280
Adjusted for Cost of Living: $52,990
Hourly Wage: $25
Currently Employed: 1,520
Cost-of-Living Index: 98.66
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford Salary Report

Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville

Average Substance Abuse Counselors Salary: $48,260
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $49,794
Hourly Wage: $23.20
Currently Employed: 250
Cost-of-Living Index: 96.92
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville Salary Report

Panama City

Average Substance Abuse Counselors Salary: $48,070
Adjusted for Cost of Living: $50,125
Hourly Wage: $23
Currently Employed: 180
Cost-of-Living Index: 95.90
Panama City Salary Report

Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent

Average Substance Abuse Counselors Salary: $49,240
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $52,556
Hourly Wage: $23.67
Currently Employed: 280
Cost-of-Living Index: 93.69
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent Salary Report

Port St. Lucie

Average Substance Abuse Counselors Salary: $46,910
Adjusted for Cost of Living: $48,865
Hourly Wage: $23
Currently Employed: 350
Cost-of-Living Index: 96.00
Port St. Lucie Salary Report

Punta Gorda

Average Substance Abuse Counselors Salary: $51,190
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $52,975
Hourly Wage: $24.61
Currently Employed: 70
Cost-of-Living Index: 96.63
Punta Gorda Salary Report

Sebastian-Vero Beach

Average Substance Abuse Counselors Salary: $54,530
Adjusted for Cost of Living: $57,231
Hourly Wage: $26
Currently Employed: 50
Cost-of-Living Index: 95.28
Sebastian-Vero Beach Salary Report

South Florida Nonmetropolitan Area

Average Substance Abuse Counselors Salary: $51,370
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $55,655
Hourly Wage: $24.70
Currently Employed: 100
Cost-of-Living Index: 92.30
South Florida Nonmetropolitan Area Salary Report

Tallahassee

Average Substance Abuse Counselors Salary: $44,100
Adjusted for Cost of Living: $47,313
Hourly Wage: $21
Currently Employed: 310
Cost-of-Living Index: 93.21
Tallahassee Salary Report

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater

Average Substance Abuse Counselors Salary: $50,620
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $51,080
Hourly Wage: $24.34
Currently Employed: 2,400
Cost-of-Living Index: 99.10
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Salary Report

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