Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Substance Abuse Counselors currently employed in Richmond is 3,070.
  • Substance Abuse Counselors in Richmond earn an average of $52,660 per year or $25.32 per hour.
  • The percentage of Virginia Substance Abuse Counselors who work in Richmond is less than 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Substance Abuse Counselors who work in Richmond is 1%.

Rankings for Richmond

  • Ranks #2 in Virginia for salary and #3 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #1 in Virginia for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #182 in the nation for salary and #167 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #22 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to Virginia

Richmond Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $52,660 or $25.32 per hour which is 1% less than the Virginia average salary of $53,210.

AverageRichmondVirginia% Difference
Hourly Wage$25.32$25.58-1.02%
Annual Salary$52,660$53,210-1.03%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Richmond 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.

AverageRichmondU.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 Richmond earns an average annual salary of $55,176 which compares to the Virginia average annual salary of $53,210. per year.

Cost-of-living in Richmond is 5% less than the Virginia average, which means Richmond 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.
  • Richmond average salary is $52,660.
  • Richmond cost-of-living adjusted salary is $55,176.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Richmond$52,66095.44%$55,176
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 Richmond, 50% of Substance Abuse Counselors earn between $40,590 and $60,150 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 $76,010, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Substance Abuse Counselors.

Approximately 10% of Substance Abuse Counselors earn under $37,060, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Substance Abuse Counselors.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year307Under $37,060
15%2 – 4 years460$37,060 – $40,590
25%5 – 9 years768$40,590 – $49,380
25%10 – 14 years768$49,380 – $60,150
15%15 – 20 years460$49,380 – $76,010
10%20+ years307Above $76,010
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, Richmond Substance Abuse Counselors tend to earn less than Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($101,240), Forensic Psychologists ($90,660), Psychology Teachers ($84,120), School Psychologists ($72,750), and Health Care Social Workers ($55,190).

However, Substance Abuse Counselors tend to earn more than Marriage and Family Therapists ($46,190), and Social Workers ($52,250).

TitleAnnual Salary
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$101,240
Forensic Psychologists$90,660
Psychology Teachers$84,120
School Psychologists$72,750
Health Care Social Workers$55,190
Substance Abuse Counselors$52,660
Social Workers$52,250
Marriage and Family Therapists$46,190
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Richmond Substance Abuse Counselors

The number of Substance Abuse Counselors currently employed in Richmond is 3,070.

Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $52,660 per year or $25.32 per hour in Richmond.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Richmond Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $55,176 per year or $27 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Richmond are Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($101,240), Forensic Psychologists($90,660), Psychology Teachers($84,120).


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