Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Substance Abuse Counselors currently employed in Fargo is 270.
  • Substance Abuse Counselors in Fargo earn an average of $55,120 per year or $26.50 per hour.
  • The percentage of North Dakota Substance Abuse Counselors who work in Fargo is less than 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Substance Abuse Counselors who work in Fargo is less than 1%.

Rankings for Fargo

  • Ranks #4 in North Dakota for salary and #2 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #1 in North Dakota for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #118 in the nation for salary and #201 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #207 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to North Dakota

Fargo Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $55,120 or $26.50 per hour which is 7% less than the North Dakota average salary of $59,880.

AverageFargoNorth Dakota% Difference
Hourly Wage$26.50$28.79-7.95%
Annual Salary$55,120$59,880-7.95%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Fargo Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $55,120 or $26.50 per hour which is 3% more than the U.S. average salary of $53,490.

AverageFargoU.S.%
Hourly Wage$26.50$25.723.03%
Annual Salary$55,120$53,4903.05%
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 Fargo earns an average annual salary of $58,638 which compares to the North Dakota average annual salary of $59,880. per year.

Cost-of-living in Fargo is 6% less than the North Dakota average, which means Fargo 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.
  • Fargo average salary is $55,120.
  • Fargo cost-of-living adjusted salary is $58,638.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Fargo$55,12094.00%$58,638
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 Fargo, 50% of Substance Abuse Counselors earn between $42,570 and $63,340 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 $75,790, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Substance Abuse Counselors.

Approximately 10% of Substance Abuse Counselors earn under $38,500, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Substance Abuse Counselors.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year27Under $38,500
15%2 – 4 years40$38,500 – $42,570
25%5 – 9 years68$42,570 – $49,650
25%10 – 14 years68$49,650 – $63,340
15%15 – 20 years40$49,650 – $75,790
10%20+ years27Above $75,790
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 $55,120, Fargo Substance Abuse Counselors tend to earn less than Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($101,030), Psychology Teachers ($86,300), School Psychologists ($68,830), Marriage and Family Therapists ($60,710), Health Care Social Workers ($58,090), and Social Workers ($56,670).

TitleAnnual Salary
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$101,030
Psychology Teachers$86,300
School Psychologists$68,830
Marriage and Family Therapists$60,710
Health Care Social Workers$58,090
Social Workers$56,670
Substance Abuse Counselors$55,120
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Fargo Substance Abuse Counselors

The number of Substance Abuse Counselors currently employed in Fargo is 270.

Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $55,120 per year or $26.50 per hour in Fargo.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Fargo Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $58,638 per year or $28 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Fargo are Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($101,030), Psychology Teachers($86,300), School Psychologists($68,830).


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