Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Substance Abuse Counselors currently employed in Waco is 140.
  • Substance Abuse Counselors in Waco earn an average of $50,390 per year or $24.22 per hour.
  • The percentage of Texas Substance Abuse Counselors who work in Waco is less than 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Substance Abuse Counselors who work in Waco is less than 1%.

Rankings for Waco

  • Ranks #8 in Texas for salary and #16 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #18 in Texas for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #246 in the nation for salary and #191 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #367 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to Texas

Waco Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $50,390 or $24.22 per hour which is 1% more than the Texas average salary of $49,510.

AverageWacoTexas% Difference
Hourly Wage$24.22$23.811.72%
Annual Salary$50,390$49,5101.78%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Waco Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $50,390 or $24.22 per hour which is 5% less than the U.S. average salary of $53,490.

AverageWacoU.S.%
Hourly Wage$24.22$25.72-5.83%
Annual Salary$50,390$53,490-5.80%
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 Waco earns an average annual salary of $53,362 which compares to the Texas average annual salary of $49,510. per year.

Cost-of-living in Waco is 6% less than the Texas average, which means Waco residents have an overall less 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.
  • Waco average salary is $50,390.
  • Waco cost-of-living adjusted salary is $53,362.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Waco$50,39094.43%$53,362
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 Waco, 50% of Substance Abuse Counselors earn between $35,670 and $62,950 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 $78,560, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Substance Abuse Counselors.

Approximately 10% of Substance Abuse Counselors earn under $28,610, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Substance Abuse Counselors.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year14Under $28,610
15%2 – 4 years21$28,610 – $35,670
25%5 – 9 years35$35,670 – $47,370
25%10 – 14 years35$47,370 – $62,950
15%15 – 20 years21$47,370 – $78,560
10%20+ years14Above $78,560
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 $50,390, Waco Substance Abuse Counselors tend to earn less than Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($69,310), School Psychologists ($66,100), and Health Care Social Workers ($58,770).

However, Substance Abuse Counselors tend to earn more than Social Workers ($48,880).

TitleAnnual Salary
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$69,310
School Psychologists$66,100
Health Care Social Workers$58,770
Substance Abuse Counselors$50,390
Social Workers$48,880
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Waco Substance Abuse Counselors

The number of Substance Abuse Counselors currently employed in Waco is 140.

Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $50,390 per year or $24.22 per hour in Waco.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Waco Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $53,362 per year or $26 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Waco are Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($69,310), School Psychologists($66,100), Health Care Social Workers($58,770).


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

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