Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Substance Abuse Counselors currently employed in Western Pennsylvania Nonmetropolitan Area is 560.
  • Substance Abuse Counselors in Western Pennsylvania Nonmetropolitan Area earn an average of $46,970 per year or $22.58 per hour.
  • The percentage of Pennsylvania Substance Abuse Counselors who work in Western Pennsylvania Nonmetropolitan Area is less than 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Substance Abuse Counselors who work in Western Pennsylvania Nonmetropolitan Area is less than 1%.

Rankings for Western Pennsylvania Nonmetropolitan Area

  • Ranks #10 in Pennsylvania for salary and #19 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #9 in Pennsylvania for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #343 in the nation for salary and #365 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #103 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to Pennsylvania

Western Pennsylvania Nonmetropolitan Area Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $46,970 or $22.58 per hour which is 5% less than the Pennsylvania average salary of $49,480.

AverageWestern Pennsylvania Nonmetropolitan AreaPennsylvania% Difference
Hourly Wage$22.58$23.79-5.09%
Annual Salary$46,970$49,480-5.07%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Western Pennsylvania Nonmetropolitan Area Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $46,970 or $22.58 per hour which is 12% less than the U.S. average salary of $53,490.

AverageWestern Pennsylvania Nonmetropolitan AreaU.S.%
Hourly Wage$22.58$25.72-12.21%
Annual Salary$46,970$53,490-12.19%
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 Western Pennsylvania Nonmetropolitan Area earns an average annual salary of $52,522 which compares to the Pennsylvania average annual salary of $49,480. per year.

Cost-of-living in Western Pennsylvania Nonmetropolitan Area is 11% less than the Pennsylvania average, which means Western 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.
  • Western Pennsylvania Nonmetropolitan Area average salary is $46,970.
  • Western Pennsylvania Nonmetropolitan Area cost-of-living adjusted salary is $52,522.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Western Pennsylvania Nonmetropolitan Area$46,97089.43%$52,522
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 Western Pennsylvania Nonmetropolitan Area, 50% of Substance Abuse Counselors earn between $36,750 and $57,870 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 $64,630, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Substance Abuse Counselors.

Approximately 10% of Substance Abuse Counselors earn under $29,700, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Substance Abuse Counselors.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year56Under $29,700
15%2 – 4 years84$29,700 – $36,750
25%5 – 9 years140$36,750 – $44,380
25%10 – 14 years140$44,380 – $57,870
15%15 – 20 years84$44,380 – $64,630
10%20+ years56Above $64,630
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 $46,970, Western Pennsylvania Nonmetropolitan Area Substance Abuse Counselors tend to earn less than Psychology Teachers ($90,150), Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($70,120), and Health Care Social Workers ($54,330).

However, Substance Abuse Counselors tend to earn more than Social Workers ($44,010), and Marriage and Family Therapists ($46,370).

TitleAnnual Salary
Psychology Teachers$90,150
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$70,120
Health Care Social Workers$54,330
Substance Abuse Counselors$46,970
Marriage and Family Therapists$46,370
Social Workers$44,010
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Western Pennsylvania Nonmetropolitan Area Substance Abuse Counselors

The number of Substance Abuse Counselors currently employed in Western Pennsylvania Nonmetropolitan Area is 560.

Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $46,970 per year or $22.58 per hour in Western Pennsylvania Nonmetropolitan Area.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Western Pennsylvania Nonmetropolitan Area Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $52,522 per year or $25 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Western Pennsylvania Nonmetropolitan Area are Psychology Teachers($90,150), Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($70,120), Health Care Social Workers($54,330).


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