Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Substance Abuse Counselors currently employed in Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington is 4,280.
  • Substance Abuse Counselors in Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington earn an average of $52,660 per year or $25.32 per hour.
  • The percentage of Texas Substance Abuse Counselors who work in Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington is less than 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Substance Abuse Counselors who work in Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington is 1%.

Rankings for Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington

  • Ranks #5 in Texas for salary and #1 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #1 in Texas for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #183 in the nation for salary and #34 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #11 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to Texas

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $52,660 or $25.32 per hour which is 6% more than the Texas average salary of $49,510.

AverageDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTexas% Difference
Hourly Wage$25.32$23.816.34%
Annual Salary$52,660$49,5106.36%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $52,660 or $25.32 per hour which is 1% less than the U.S. average salary of $53,490.

AverageDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonU.S.%
Hourly Wage$25.32$25.72-1.56%
Annual Salary$52,660$53,490-1.55%
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 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington earns an average annual salary of $50,124 which compares to the Texas average annual salary of $49,510. per year.

Cost-of-living in Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington is 5% higher than the Texas average, which means Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington residents have an overall higher cost for food, housing, utilities and transportation compared to Texas average.

  • Texas average salary is $49,510.
  • Texas cost-of-living adjusted salary is $49,739.
  • Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington average salary is $52,660.
  • Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington cost-of-living adjusted salary is $50,124.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington$52,660105.06%$50,124
Texas$49,51099.54%$49,739
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 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, 50% of Substance Abuse Counselors earn between $37,650 and $60,940 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 $76,880, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Substance Abuse Counselors.

Approximately 10% of Substance Abuse Counselors earn under $33,510, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Substance Abuse Counselors.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year428Under $33,510
15%2 – 4 years642$33,510 – $37,650
25%5 – 9 years1,070$37,650 – $47,370
25%10 – 14 years1,070$47,370 – $60,940
15%15 – 20 years642$47,370 – $76,880
10%20+ years428Above $76,880
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 $52,660, Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Substance Abuse Counselors tend to earn less than Forensic Psychologists ($103,760), Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($86,300), Psychology Teachers ($80,480), School Psychologists ($73,600), Health Care Social Workers ($67,020), and Marriage and Family Therapists ($59,690).

However, Substance Abuse Counselors tend to earn more than Social Workers ($51,540).

TitleAnnual Salary
Forensic Psychologists$103,760
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$86,300
Psychology Teachers$80,480
School Psychologists$73,600
Health Care Social Workers$67,020
Marriage and Family Therapists$59,690
Substance Abuse Counselors$52,660
Social Workers$51,540
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Substance Abuse Counselors

The number of Substance Abuse Counselors currently employed in Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington is 4,280.

Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $52,660 per year or $25.32 per hour in Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $50,124 per year or $24 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington are Forensic Psychologists($103,760), Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($86,300), Psychology Teachers($80,480).


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

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