Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Substance Abuse Counselors currently employed in Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News is 2,700.
  • Substance Abuse Counselors in Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News earn an average of $51,470 per year or $24.74 per hour.
  • The percentage of Virginia Substance Abuse Counselors who work in Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News is less than 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Substance Abuse Counselors who work in Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News is 1%.

Rankings for Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News

  • Ranks #3 in Virginia for salary and #2 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #2 in Virginia for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #206 in the nation for salary and #145 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #24 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to Virginia

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $51,470 or $24.74 per hour which is 3% less than the Virginia average salary of $53,210.

AverageVirginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport NewsVirginia% Difference
Hourly Wage$24.74$25.58-3.28%
Annual Salary$51,470$53,210-3.27%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $51,470 or $24.74 per hour which is 3% less than the U.S. average salary of $53,490.

AverageVirginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport NewsU.S.%
Hourly Wage$24.74$25.72-3.81%
Annual Salary$51,470$53,490-3.78%
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 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News earns an average annual salary of $53,514 which compares to the Virginia average annual salary of $53,210. per year.

Cost-of-living in Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News is 4% less than the Virginia average, which means Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News 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.
  • Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News average salary is $51,470.
  • Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News cost-of-living adjusted salary is $53,514.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News$51,47096.18%$53,514
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 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, 50% of Substance Abuse Counselors earn between $39,210 and $60,040 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 $75,460, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Substance Abuse Counselors.

Approximately 10% of Substance Abuse Counselors earn under $36,750, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Substance Abuse Counselors.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year270Under $36,750
15%2 – 4 years405$36,750 – $39,210
25%5 – 9 years675$39,210 – $48,570
25%10 – 14 years675$48,570 – $60,040
15%15 – 20 years405$48,570 – $75,460
10%20+ years270Above $75,460
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 $51,470, Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News Substance Abuse Counselors tend to earn less than Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($110,140), Forensic Psychologists ($98,700), Psychology Teachers ($80,410), School Psychologists ($76,850), Health Care Social Workers ($54,560), and Social Workers ($54,170).

However, Substance Abuse Counselors tend to earn more than Marriage and Family Therapists ($50,140).

TitleAnnual Salary
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$110,140
Forensic Psychologists$98,700
Psychology Teachers$80,410
School Psychologists$76,850
Health Care Social Workers$54,560
Social Workers$54,170
Substance Abuse Counselors$51,470
Marriage and Family Therapists$50,140
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News Substance Abuse Counselors

The number of Substance Abuse Counselors currently employed in Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News is 2,700.

Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $51,470 per year or $24.74 per hour in Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $53,514 per year or $26 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News are Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($110,140), Forensic Psychologists($98,700), Psychology Teachers($80,410).


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

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