Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Substance Abuse Counselors currently employed in Augusta-Richmond County is 240.
  • Substance Abuse Counselors in Augusta-Richmond County earn an average of $46,630 per year or $22.42 per hour.
  • The percentage of Georgia Substance Abuse Counselors who work in Augusta-Richmond County is 4%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Substance Abuse Counselors who work in Augusta-Richmond County is less than 1%.

Rankings for Augusta-Richmond County

  • Ranks #5 in Georgia for salary and #5 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #4 in Georgia for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #358 in the nation for salary and #320 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #240 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to Georgia

Augusta-Richmond County Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $46,630 or $22.42 per hour which is 1% more than the Georgia average salary of $45,740.

AverageAugusta-Richmond CountyGeorgia% Difference
Hourly Wage$22.42$21.991.96%
Annual Salary$46,630$45,7401.95%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Augusta-Richmond County Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $46,630 or $22.42 per hour which is 12% less than the U.S. average salary of $53,490.

AverageAugusta-Richmond CountyU.S.%
Hourly Wage$22.42$25.72-12.83%
Annual Salary$46,630$53,490-12.82%
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 Augusta-Richmond County earns an average annual salary of $51,270 which compares to the Georgia average annual salary of $45,740. per year.

Cost-of-living in Augusta-Richmond County is 9% less than the Georgia average, which means Augusta-Richmond County residents have an overall less cost for food, housing, utilities and transportation compared to Georgia average.

  • Georgia average salary is $45,740.
  • Georgia cost-of-living adjusted salary is $48,382.
  • Augusta-Richmond County average salary is $46,630.
  • Augusta-Richmond County cost-of-living adjusted salary is $51,270.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Augusta-Richmond County$46,63090.95%$51,270
Georgia$45,74094.54%$48,382
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 Augusta-Richmond County, 50% of Substance Abuse Counselors earn between $36,750 and $47,040 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 $75,410, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Substance Abuse Counselors.

Approximately 10% of Substance Abuse Counselors earn under $28,760, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Substance Abuse Counselors.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year24Under $28,760
15%2 – 4 years36$28,760 – $36,750
25%5 – 9 years60$36,750 – $45,780
25%10 – 14 years60$45,780 – $47,040
15%15 – 20 years36$45,780 – $75,410
10%20+ years24Above $75,410
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 $46,630, Augusta-Richmond County Substance Abuse Counselors tend to earn less than Forensic Psychologists ($92,760), Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($78,400), School Psychologists ($72,880), Health Care Social Workers ($57,950), and Marriage and Family Therapists ($54,720).

However, Substance Abuse Counselors tend to earn more than Social Workers ($45,610).

TitleAnnual Salary
Forensic Psychologists$92,760
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$78,400
School Psychologists$72,880
Health Care Social Workers$57,950
Marriage and Family Therapists$54,720
Substance Abuse Counselors$46,630
Social Workers$45,610
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Augusta-Richmond County Substance Abuse Counselors

The number of Substance Abuse Counselors currently employed in Augusta-Richmond County is 240.

Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $46,630 per year or $22.42 per hour in Augusta-Richmond County.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Augusta-Richmond County Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $51,270 per year or $25 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Augusta-Richmond County are Forensic Psychologists($92,760), Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($78,400), School Psychologists($72,880).


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