Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Substance Abuse Counselors currently employed in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin is 7,810.
  • Substance Abuse Counselors in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin earn an average of $54,460 per year or $26.18 per hour.
  • The percentage of Illinois Substance Abuse Counselors who work in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin is 77%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Substance Abuse Counselors who work in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin is 3%.

Rankings for Chicago-Naperville-Elgin

  • Ranks #2 in Illinois for salary and #1 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #1 in Illinois for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #135 in the nation for salary and #35 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #5 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to Illinois

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $54,460 or $26.18 per hour which is 3% more than the Illinois average salary of $52,480.

AverageChicago-Naperville-ElginIllinois% Difference
Hourly Wage$26.18$25.233.77%
Annual Salary$54,460$52,4803.77%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $54,460 or $26.18 per hour which is 1% more than the U.S. average salary of $53,490.

AverageChicago-Naperville-ElginU.S.%
Hourly Wage$26.18$25.721.79%
Annual Salary$54,460$53,4901.81%
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 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin earns an average annual salary of $51,941 which compares to the Illinois average annual salary of $52,480. per year.

Cost-of-living in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin is 5% higher than the Illinois average, which means Chicago-Naperville-Elgin residents have an overall higher cost for food, housing, utilities and transportation compared to Illinois average.

  • Illinois average salary is $52,480.
  • Illinois cost-of-living adjusted salary is $52,229.
  • Chicago-Naperville-Elgin average salary is $54,460.
  • Chicago-Naperville-Elgin cost-of-living adjusted salary is $51,941.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin$54,460104.85%$51,941
Illinois$52,480100.48%$52,229
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 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, 50% of Substance Abuse Counselors earn between $39,080 and $62,960 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 $81,050, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Substance Abuse Counselors.

Approximately 10% of Substance Abuse Counselors earn under $36,910, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Substance Abuse Counselors.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year781Under $36,910
15%2 – 4 years1,172$36,910 – $39,080
25%5 – 9 years1,952$39,080 – $48,200
25%10 – 14 years1,952$48,200 – $62,960
15%15 – 20 years1,172$48,200 – $81,050
10%20+ years781Above $81,050
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 $54,460, Chicago-Naperville-Elgin Substance Abuse Counselors tend to earn less than Forensic Psychologists ($103,430), Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($102,580), Psychology Teachers ($87,090), School Psychologists ($77,460), Health Care Social Workers ($62,870), Social Workers ($57,170), and Marriage and Family Therapists ($55,200).

TitleAnnual Salary
Forensic Psychologists$103,430
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$102,580
Psychology Teachers$87,090
School Psychologists$77,460
Health Care Social Workers$62,870
Social Workers$57,170
Marriage and Family Therapists$55,200
Substance Abuse Counselors$54,460
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Chicago-Naperville-Elgin Substance Abuse Counselors

The number of Substance Abuse Counselors currently employed in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin is 7,810.

Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $54,460 per year or $26.18 per hour in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $51,941 per year or $25 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin are Forensic Psychologists($103,430), Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($102,580), Psychology Teachers($87,090).


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