Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Substance Abuse Counselors currently employed in Southeast Coastal North Carolina Nonmetropolitan Area is 510.
  • Substance Abuse Counselors in Southeast Coastal North Carolina Nonmetropolitan Area earn an average of $48,320 per year or $23.23 per hour.
  • The percentage of North Carolina Substance Abuse Counselors who work in Southeast Coastal North Carolina Nonmetropolitan Area is less than 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Substance Abuse Counselors who work in Southeast Coastal North Carolina Nonmetropolitan Area is less than 1%.

Rankings for Southeast Coastal North Carolina Nonmetropolitan Area

  • Ranks #16 in North Carolina for salary and #17 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #6 in North Carolina for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #304 in the nation for salary and #462 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #120 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to North Carolina

Southeast Coastal North Carolina Nonmetropolitan Area Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $48,320 or $23.23 per hour which is 8% less than the North Carolina average salary of $52,850.

AverageSoutheast Coastal North Carolina Nonmetropolitan AreaNorth Carolina% Difference
Hourly Wage$23.23$25.41-8.58%
Annual Salary$48,320$52,850-8.57%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Southeast Coastal North Carolina Nonmetropolitan Area Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $48,320 or $23.23 per hour which is 9% less than the U.S. average salary of $53,490.

AverageSoutheast Coastal North Carolina Nonmetropolitan AreaU.S.%
Hourly Wage$23.23$25.72-9.68%
Annual Salary$48,320$53,490-9.67%
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 Southeast Coastal North Carolina Nonmetropolitan Area earns an average annual salary of $55,907 which compares to the North Carolina average annual salary of $52,850. per year.

Cost-of-living in Southeast Coastal North Carolina Nonmetropolitan Area is 14% less than the North Carolina average, which means Southeast Coastal North Carolina Nonmetropolitan Area residents have an overall less cost for food, housing, utilities and transportation compared to North Carolina average.

  • North Carolina average salary is $52,850.
  • North Carolina cost-of-living adjusted salary is $57,546.
  • Southeast Coastal North Carolina Nonmetropolitan Area average salary is $48,320.
  • Southeast Coastal North Carolina Nonmetropolitan Area cost-of-living adjusted salary is $55,907.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Southeast Coastal North Carolina Nonmetropolitan Area$48,32086.43%$55,907
North Carolina$52,85091.84%$57,546
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 Southeast Coastal North Carolina Nonmetropolitan Area, 50% of Substance Abuse Counselors earn between $38,340 and $59,180 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 $62,670, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Substance Abuse Counselors.

Approximately 10% of Substance Abuse Counselors earn under $30,560, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Substance Abuse Counselors.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year51Under $30,560
15%2 – 4 years76$30,560 – $38,340
25%5 – 9 years128$38,340 – $46,500
25%10 – 14 years128$46,500 – $59,180
15%15 – 20 years76$46,500 – $62,670
10%20+ years51Above $62,670
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 $48,320, Southeast Coastal North Carolina Nonmetropolitan Area Substance Abuse Counselors tend to earn less than Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($79,810), Psychology Teachers ($63,770), Marriage and Family Therapists ($56,110), School Psychologists ($54,930), and Health Care Social Workers ($53,520).

However, Substance Abuse Counselors tend to earn more than Social Workers ($48,270).

TitleAnnual Salary
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$79,810
Psychology Teachers$63,770
Marriage and Family Therapists$56,110
School Psychologists$54,930
Health Care Social Workers$53,520
Substance Abuse Counselors$48,320
Social Workers$48,270
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Southeast Coastal North Carolina Nonmetropolitan Area Substance Abuse Counselors

The number of Substance Abuse Counselors currently employed in Southeast Coastal North Carolina Nonmetropolitan Area is 510.

Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $48,320 per year or $23.23 per hour in Southeast Coastal North Carolina Nonmetropolitan Area.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Southeast Coastal North Carolina Nonmetropolitan Area Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $55,907 per year or $27 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Southeast Coastal North Carolina Nonmetropolitan Area are Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($79,810), Psychology Teachers($63,770), Marriage and Family Therapists($56,110).


Additional Salary Reports for Substance Abuse Counselors in North Carolina cities and Metros and U.S. States.

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