Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Substance Abuse Counselors currently employed in Southern Pennsylvania Nonmetropolitan Area is 440.
  • Substance Abuse Counselors in Southern Pennsylvania Nonmetropolitan Area earn an average of $46,350 per year or $22.29 per hour.
  • The percentage of Pennsylvania Substance Abuse Counselors who work in Southern Pennsylvania Nonmetropolitan Area is less than 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Substance Abuse Counselors who work in Southern Pennsylvania Nonmetropolitan Area is less than 1%.

Rankings for Southern Pennsylvania Nonmetropolitan Area

  • Ranks #12 in Pennsylvania for salary and #20 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #11 in Pennsylvania for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #364 in the nation for salary and #364 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #134 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to Pennsylvania

Southern Pennsylvania Nonmetropolitan Area Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $46,350 or $22.29 per hour which is 6% less than the Pennsylvania average salary of $49,480.

AverageSouthern Pennsylvania Nonmetropolitan AreaPennsylvania% Difference
Hourly Wage$22.29$23.79-6.31%
Annual Salary$46,350$49,480-6.33%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Southern Pennsylvania Nonmetropolitan Area Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $46,350 or $22.29 per hour which is 13% less than the U.S. average salary of $53,490.

AverageSouthern Pennsylvania Nonmetropolitan AreaU.S.%
Hourly Wage$22.29$25.72-13.34%
Annual Salary$46,350$53,490-13.35%
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 Southern Pennsylvania Nonmetropolitan Area earns an average annual salary of $51,828 which compares to the Pennsylvania average annual salary of $49,480. per year.

Cost-of-living in Southern Pennsylvania Nonmetropolitan Area is 11% less than the Pennsylvania average, which means Southern Pennsylvania Nonmetropolitan Area residents have an overall less cost for food, housing, utilities and transportation compared to Pennsylvania average.

  • Pennsylvania average salary is $49,480.
  • Pennsylvania cost-of-living adjusted salary is $50,718.
  • Southern Pennsylvania Nonmetropolitan Area average salary is $46,350.
  • Southern Pennsylvania Nonmetropolitan Area cost-of-living adjusted salary is $51,828.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Southern Pennsylvania Nonmetropolitan Area$46,35089.43%$51,828
Pennsylvania$49,48097.56%$50,718
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 Southern Pennsylvania Nonmetropolitan Area, 50% of Substance Abuse Counselors earn between $36,750 and $59,850 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 $29,850, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Substance Abuse Counselors.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year44Under $29,850
15%2 – 4 years66$29,850 – $36,750
25%5 – 9 years110$36,750 – $44,460
25%10 – 14 years110$44,460 – $59,850
15%15 – 20 years66$44,460 – $62,670
10%20+ years44Above $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 $46,350, Southern Pennsylvania Nonmetropolitan Area Substance Abuse Counselors tend to earn less than Psychology Teachers ($93,150), Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($73,950), School Psychologists ($68,290), and Health Care Social Workers ($53,420).

However, Substance Abuse Counselors tend to earn more than Social Workers ($43,340).

TitleAnnual Salary
Psychology Teachers$93,150
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$73,950
School Psychologists$68,290
Health Care Social Workers$53,420
Substance Abuse Counselors$46,350
Social Workers$43,340
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Southern Pennsylvania Nonmetropolitan Area Substance Abuse Counselors

The number of Substance Abuse Counselors currently employed in Southern Pennsylvania Nonmetropolitan Area is 440.

Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $46,350 per year or $22.29 per hour in Southern Pennsylvania Nonmetropolitan Area.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Southern Pennsylvania Nonmetropolitan Area Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $51,828 per year or $25 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Southern Pennsylvania Nonmetropolitan Area are Psychology Teachers($93,150), Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($73,950), School Psychologists($68,290).


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