Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Substance Abuse Counselors currently employed in Bellingham is 290.
  • Substance Abuse Counselors in Bellingham earn an average of $55,170 per year or $26.53 per hour.
  • The percentage of Washington Substance Abuse Counselors who work in Bellingham is less than 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Substance Abuse Counselors who work in Bellingham is less than 1%.

Rankings for Bellingham

  • Ranks #7 in Washington for salary and #5 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #7 in Washington for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #116 in the nation for salary and #55 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #193 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to Washington

Bellingham Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $55,170 or $26.53 per hour which is 2% less than the Washington average salary of $56,500.

AverageBellinghamWashington% Difference
Hourly Wage$26.53$27.16-2.32%
Annual Salary$55,170$56,500-2.35%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Bellingham Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $55,170 or $26.53 per hour which is 3% more than the U.S. average salary of $53,490.

AverageBellinghamU.S.%
Hourly Wage$26.53$25.723.15%
Annual Salary$55,170$53,4903.14%
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 Bellingham earns an average annual salary of $53,935 which compares to the Washington average annual salary of $56,500. per year.

Cost-of-living in Bellingham is 2% higher than the Washington average, which means Bellingham residents have an overall higher cost for food, housing, utilities and transportation compared to Washington average.

  • Washington average salary is $56,500.
  • Washington cost-of-living adjusted salary is $52,627.
  • Bellingham average salary is $55,170.
  • Bellingham cost-of-living adjusted salary is $53,935.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Bellingham$55,170102.29%$53,935
Washington$56,500107.36%$52,627
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 Bellingham, 50% of Substance Abuse Counselors earn between $44,800 and $61,740 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 $77,000, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Substance Abuse Counselors.

Approximately 10% of Substance Abuse Counselors earn under $36,550, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Substance Abuse Counselors.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year29Under $36,550
15%2 – 4 years44$36,550 – $44,800
25%5 – 9 years72$44,800 – $49,680
25%10 – 14 years72$49,680 – $61,740
15%15 – 20 years44$49,680 – $77,000
10%20+ years29Above $77,000
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 $55,170, Bellingham Substance Abuse Counselors tend to earn less than School Psychologists ($91,420), Health Care Social Workers ($60,990), and Social Workers ($55,730).

TitleAnnual Salary
School Psychologists$91,420
Health Care Social Workers$60,990
Social Workers$55,730
Substance Abuse Counselors$55,170
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Bellingham Substance Abuse Counselors

The number of Substance Abuse Counselors currently employed in Bellingham is 290.

Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $55,170 per year or $26.53 per hour in Bellingham.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Bellingham Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $53,935 per year or $26 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Bellingham are School Psychologists($91,420), Health Care Social Workers($60,990), Social Workers($55,730).


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

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