Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Substance Abuse Counselors currently employed in East Tennessee Nonmetropolitan Area is 130.
  • Substance Abuse Counselors in East Tennessee Nonmetropolitan Area earn an average of $35,170 per year or $16.91 per hour.
  • The percentage of Tennessee Substance Abuse Counselors who work in East Tennessee Nonmetropolitan Area is less than 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Substance Abuse Counselors who work in East Tennessee Nonmetropolitan Area is less than 1%.

Rankings for East Tennessee Nonmetropolitan Area

  • Ranks #13 in Tennessee for salary and #13 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #10 in Tennessee for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #507 in the nation for salary and #479 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #373 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to Tennessee

East Tennessee Nonmetropolitan Area Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $35,170 or $16.91 per hour which is 16% less than the Tennessee average salary of $42,210.

AverageEast Tennessee Nonmetropolitan AreaTennessee% Difference
Hourly Wage$16.91$20.29-16.66%
Annual Salary$35,170$42,210-16.68%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

East Tennessee Nonmetropolitan Area Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $35,170 or $16.91 per hour which is 34% less than the U.S. average salary of $53,490.

AverageEast Tennessee Nonmetropolitan AreaU.S.%
Hourly Wage$16.91$25.72-34.25%
Annual Salary$35,170$53,490-34.25%
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 East Tennessee Nonmetropolitan Area earns an average annual salary of $40,895 which compares to the Tennessee average annual salary of $42,210. per year.

Cost-of-living in East Tennessee Nonmetropolitan Area is 14% less than the Tennessee average, which means East Tennessee Nonmetropolitan Area residents have an overall less cost for food, housing, utilities and transportation compared to Tennessee average.

  • Tennessee average salary is $42,210.
  • Tennessee cost-of-living adjusted salary is $45,806.
  • East Tennessee Nonmetropolitan Area average salary is $35,170.
  • East Tennessee Nonmetropolitan Area cost-of-living adjusted salary is $40,895.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
East Tennessee Nonmetropolitan Area$35,17086.00%$40,895
Tennessee$42,21092.15%$45,806
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 East Tennessee Nonmetropolitan Area, 50% of Substance Abuse Counselors earn between $28,220 and $37,280 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 $46,650, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Substance Abuse Counselors.

Approximately 10% of Substance Abuse Counselors earn under $27,780, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Substance Abuse Counselors.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year13Under $27,780
15%2 – 4 years20$27,780 – $28,220
25%5 – 9 years32$28,220 – $34,850
25%10 – 14 years32$34,850 – $37,280
15%15 – 20 years20$34,850 – $46,650
10%20+ years13Above $46,650
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 $35,170, East Tennessee Nonmetropolitan Area Substance Abuse Counselors tend to earn less than Social Workers ($45,010), and Health Care Social Workers ($44,650).

TitleAnnual Salary
Social Workers$45,010
Health Care Social Workers$44,650
Substance Abuse Counselors$35,170
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for East Tennessee Nonmetropolitan Area Substance Abuse Counselors

The number of Substance Abuse Counselors currently employed in East Tennessee Nonmetropolitan Area is 130.

Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $35,170 per year or $16.91 per hour in East Tennessee Nonmetropolitan Area.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in East Tennessee Nonmetropolitan Area Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $40,895 per year or $20 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in East Tennessee Nonmetropolitan Area are Social Workers($45,010), Health Care Social Workers($44,650), Substance Abuse Counselors($35,170).


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

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