Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Substance Abuse Counselors currently employed in Northeast Virginia Nonmetropolitan Area is 80.
  • Substance Abuse Counselors in Northeast Virginia Nonmetropolitan Area earn an average of $46,070 per year or $22.15 per hour.
  • The percentage of Virginia Substance Abuse Counselors who work in Northeast Virginia Nonmetropolitan Area is less than 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Substance Abuse Counselors who work in Northeast Virginia Nonmetropolitan Area is less than 1%.

Rankings for Northeast Virginia Nonmetropolitan Area

  • Ranks #12 in Virginia for salary and #12 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #9 in Virginia for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #375 in the nation for salary and #468 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #463 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to Virginia

Northeast Virginia Nonmetropolitan Area Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $46,070 or $22.15 per hour which is 13% less than the Virginia average salary of $53,210.

AverageNortheast Virginia Nonmetropolitan AreaVirginia% Difference
Hourly Wage$22.15$25.58-13.41%
Annual Salary$46,070$53,210-13.42%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Northeast Virginia Nonmetropolitan Area Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $46,070 or $22.15 per hour which is 13% less than the U.S. average salary of $53,490.

AverageNortheast Virginia Nonmetropolitan AreaU.S.%
Hourly Wage$22.15$25.72-13.88%
Annual Salary$46,070$53,490-13.87%
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 Northeast Virginia Nonmetropolitan Area earns an average annual salary of $53,316 which compares to the Virginia average annual salary of $53,210. per year.

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

  • Virginia average salary is $53,210.
  • Virginia cost-of-living adjusted salary is $52,694.
  • Northeast Virginia Nonmetropolitan Area average salary is $46,070.
  • Northeast Virginia Nonmetropolitan Area cost-of-living adjusted salary is $53,316.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Northeast Virginia Nonmetropolitan Area$46,07086.41%$53,316
Virginia$53,210100.98%$52,694
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 Northeast Virginia Nonmetropolitan Area, 50% of Substance Abuse Counselors earn between $36,750 and $49,590 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 $60,590, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Substance Abuse Counselors.

Approximately 10% of Substance Abuse Counselors earn under $34,930, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Substance Abuse Counselors.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year8Under $34,930
15%2 – 4 years12$34,930 – $36,750
25%5 – 9 years20$36,750 – $46,590
25%10 – 14 years20$46,590 – $49,590
15%15 – 20 years12$46,590 – $60,590
10%20+ years8Above $60,590
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 $46,070, Northeast Virginia Nonmetropolitan Area Substance Abuse Counselors tend to earn less than Health Care Social Workers ($50,270).

However, Substance Abuse Counselors tend to earn more than Social Workers ($45,000).

TitleAnnual Salary
Health Care Social Workers$50,270
Substance Abuse Counselors$46,070
Social Workers$45,000
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Northeast Virginia Nonmetropolitan Area Substance Abuse Counselors

The number of Substance Abuse Counselors currently employed in Northeast Virginia Nonmetropolitan Area is 80.

Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $46,070 per year or $22.15 per hour in Northeast Virginia Nonmetropolitan Area.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Northeast Virginia Nonmetropolitan Area Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $53,316 per year or $26 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Northeast Virginia Nonmetropolitan Area are Health Care Social Workers($50,270), Substance Abuse Counselors($46,070), Social Workers($45,000).


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

Official Data Sources for Substance Abuse Counselors: Salary Data | Projected Employment | Cost of Living Data