Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Substance Abuse Counselors currently employed in Bismarck is 180.
  • Substance Abuse Counselors in Bismarck earn an average of $61,340 per year or $29.49 per hour.
  • The percentage of North Dakota Substance Abuse Counselors who work in Bismarck is less than 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Substance Abuse Counselors who work in Bismarck is less than 1%.

Rankings for Bismarck

  • Ranks #1 in North Dakota for salary and #1 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #2 in North Dakota for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #28 in the nation for salary and #196 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #304 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to North Dakota

Bismarck Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $61,340 or $29.49 per hour which is 2% more than the North Dakota average salary of $59,880.

AverageBismarckNorth Dakota% Difference
Hourly Wage$29.49$28.792.43%
Annual Salary$61,340$59,8802.44%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Bismarck Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $61,340 or $29.49 per hour which is 14% more than the U.S. average salary of $53,490.

AverageBismarckU.S.%
Hourly Wage$29.49$25.7214.66%
Annual Salary$61,340$53,49014.68%
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 Bismarck earns an average annual salary of $65,089 which compares to the North Dakota average annual salary of $59,880. per year.

Cost-of-living in Bismarck is 6% less than the North Dakota average, which means Bismarck residents have an overall less cost for food, housing, utilities and transportation compared to North Dakota average.

  • North Dakota average salary is $59,880.
  • North Dakota cost-of-living adjusted salary is $65,059.
  • Bismarck average salary is $61,340.
  • Bismarck cost-of-living adjusted salary is $65,089.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Bismarck$61,34094.24%$65,089
North Dakota$59,88092.04%$65,059
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 Bismarck, 50% of Substance Abuse Counselors earn between $49,330 and $62,950 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 $77,460, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Substance Abuse Counselors.

Approximately 10% of Substance Abuse Counselors earn under $46,050, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Substance Abuse Counselors.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year18Under $46,050
15%2 – 4 years27$46,050 – $49,330
25%5 – 9 years45$49,330 – $60,920
25%10 – 14 years45$60,920 – $62,950
15%15 – 20 years27$60,920 – $77,460
10%20+ years18Above $77,460
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 $61,340, Bismarck Substance Abuse Counselors tend to earn less than Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($111,590), and Social Workers ($64,500).

However, Substance Abuse Counselors tend to earn more than Health Care Social Workers ($54,930).

TitleAnnual Salary
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$111,590
Social Workers$64,500
Substance Abuse Counselors$61,340
Health Care Social Workers$54,930
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Bismarck Substance Abuse Counselors

The number of Substance Abuse Counselors currently employed in Bismarck is 180.

Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $61,340 per year or $29.49 per hour in Bismarck.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Bismarck Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $65,089 per year or $31 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Bismarck are Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($111,590), Social Workers($64,500), Substance Abuse Counselors($61,340).


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

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