Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Substance Abuse Counselors currently employed in Winston-Salem is 600.
  • Substance Abuse Counselors in Winston-Salem earn an average of $51,550 per year or $24.79 per hour.
  • The percentage of North Carolina Substance Abuse Counselors who work in Winston-Salem is less than 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Substance Abuse Counselors who work in Winston-Salem is less than 1%.

Rankings for Winston-Salem

  • Ranks #9 in North Carolina for salary and #13 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #4 in North Carolina for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #204 in the nation for salary and #377 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #95 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to North Carolina

Winston-Salem Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $51,550 or $24.79 per hour which is 2% less than the North Carolina average salary of $52,850.

AverageWinston-SalemNorth Carolina% Difference
Hourly Wage$24.79$25.41-2.44%
Annual Salary$51,550$52,850-2.46%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Winston-Salem Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $51,550 or $24.79 per hour which is 3% less than the U.S. average salary of $53,490.

AverageWinston-SalemU.S.%
Hourly Wage$24.79$25.72-3.62%
Annual Salary$51,550$53,490-3.63%
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 Winston-Salem earns an average annual salary of $57,908 which compares to the North Carolina average annual salary of $52,850. per year.

Cost-of-living in Winston-Salem is 11% less than the North Carolina average, which means Winston-Salem 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.
  • Winston-Salem average salary is $51,550.
  • Winston-Salem cost-of-living adjusted salary is $57,908.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Winston-Salem$51,55089.02%$57,908
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 Winston-Salem, 50% of Substance Abuse Counselors earn between $37,740 and $60,940 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 $76,010, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Substance Abuse Counselors.

Approximately 10% of Substance Abuse Counselors earn under $29,010, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Substance Abuse Counselors.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year60Under $29,010
15%2 – 4 years90$29,010 – $37,740
25%5 – 9 years150$37,740 – $48,960
25%10 – 14 years150$48,960 – $60,940
15%15 – 20 years90$48,960 – $76,010
10%20+ years60Above $76,010
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 $51,550, Winston-Salem Substance Abuse Counselors tend to earn less than Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($74,310), School Psychologists ($63,610), and Health Care Social Workers ($62,720).

However, Substance Abuse Counselors tend to earn more than Social Workers ($49,030).

TitleAnnual Salary
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$74,310
School Psychologists$63,610
Health Care Social Workers$62,720
Substance Abuse Counselors$51,550
Social Workers$49,030
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Winston-Salem Substance Abuse Counselors

The number of Substance Abuse Counselors currently employed in Winston-Salem is 600.

Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $51,550 per year or $24.79 per hour in Winston-Salem.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Winston-Salem Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $57,908 per year or $28 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Winston-Salem are Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($74,310), School Psychologists($63,610), Health Care Social Workers($62,720).


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

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