Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Substance Abuse Counselors currently employed in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue is 6,570.
  • Substance Abuse Counselors in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue earn an average of $58,650 per year or $28.20 per hour.
  • The percentage of Washington Substance Abuse Counselors who work in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue is 100%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Substance Abuse Counselors who work in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue is 2%.

Rankings for Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue

  • Ranks #3 in Washington for salary and #1 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #1 in Washington for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #57 in the nation for salary and #6 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #6 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to Washington

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $58,650 or $28.20 per hour which is 3% more than the Washington average salary of $56,500.

AverageSeattle-Tacoma-BellevueWashington% Difference
Hourly Wage$28.20$27.163.83%
Annual Salary$58,650$56,5003.81%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $58,650 or $28.20 per hour which is 9% more than the U.S. average salary of $53,490.

AverageSeattle-Tacoma-BellevueU.S.%
Hourly Wage$28.20$25.729.64%
Annual Salary$58,650$53,4909.65%
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 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue earns an average annual salary of $52,389 which compares to the Washington average annual salary of $56,500. per year.

Cost-of-living in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue is 12% higher than the Washington average, which means Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue 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.
  • Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue average salary is $58,650.
  • Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue cost-of-living adjusted salary is $52,389.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue$58,650111.95%$52,389
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 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, 50% of Substance Abuse Counselors earn between $47,130 and $63,720 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 $79,030, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Substance Abuse Counselors.

Approximately 10% of Substance Abuse Counselors earn under $37,860, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Substance Abuse Counselors.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year657Under $37,860
15%2 – 4 years986$37,860 – $47,130
25%5 – 9 years1,642$47,130 – $49,870
25%10 – 14 years1,642$49,870 – $63,720
15%15 – 20 years986$49,870 – $79,030
10%20+ years657Above $79,030
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 $58,650, Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue Substance Abuse Counselors tend to earn less than Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($108,660), Forensic Psychologists ($106,180), School Psychologists ($99,600), Psychology Teachers ($78,280), Health Care Social Workers ($77,660), and Social Workers ($61,160).

However, Substance Abuse Counselors tend to earn more than Marriage and Family Therapists ($48,940).

TitleAnnual Salary
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$108,660
Forensic Psychologists$106,180
School Psychologists$99,600
Psychology Teachers$78,280
Health Care Social Workers$77,660
Social Workers$61,160
Substance Abuse Counselors$58,650
Marriage and Family Therapists$48,940
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue Substance Abuse Counselors

The number of Substance Abuse Counselors currently employed in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue is 6,570.

Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $58,650 per year or $28.20 per hour in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $52,389 per year or $25 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue are Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($108,660), Forensic Psychologists($106,180), School Psychologists($99,600).


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