Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Substance Abuse Counselors currently employed in Charleston is 250.
  • Substance Abuse Counselors in Charleston earn an average of $45,190 per year or $21.72 per hour.
  • The percentage of West Virginia Substance Abuse Counselors who work in Charleston is less than 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Substance Abuse Counselors who work in Charleston is less than 1%.

Rankings for Charleston

  • Ranks #2 in West Virginia for salary and #2 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #3 in West Virginia for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #397 in the nation for salary and #391 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #235 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to West Virginia

Charleston Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $45,190 or $21.72 per hour which is 8% more than the West Virginia average salary of $41,520.

AverageCharlestonWest Virginia% Difference
Hourly Wage$21.72$19.968.82%
Annual Salary$45,190$41,5208.84%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Charleston Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $45,190 or $21.72 per hour which is 15% less than the U.S. average salary of $53,490.

AverageCharlestonU.S.%
Hourly Wage$21.72$25.72-15.55%
Annual Salary$45,190$53,490-15.52%
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 Charleston earns an average annual salary of $50,907 which compares to the West Virginia average annual salary of $41,520. per year.

Cost-of-living in Charleston is 11% less than the West Virginia average, which means Charleston residents have an overall less cost for food, housing, utilities and transportation compared to West Virginia average.

  • West Virginia average salary is $41,520.
  • West Virginia cost-of-living adjusted salary is $47,203.
  • Charleston average salary is $45,190.
  • Charleston cost-of-living adjusted salary is $50,907.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Charleston$45,19088.77%$50,907
West Virginia$41,52087.96%$47,203
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 Charleston, 50% of Substance Abuse Counselors earn between $30,820 and $49,340 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 $62,870, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Substance Abuse Counselors.

Approximately 10% of Substance Abuse Counselors earn under $30,440, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Substance Abuse Counselors.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year25Under $30,440
15%2 – 4 years38$30,440 – $30,820
25%5 – 9 years62$30,820 – $38,850
25%10 – 14 years62$38,850 – $49,340
15%15 – 20 years38$38,850 – $62,870
10%20+ years25Above $62,870
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 $45,190, Charleston Substance Abuse Counselors tend to earn less than Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($69,820), School Psychologists ($64,130), and Health Care Social Workers ($55,340).

However, Substance Abuse Counselors tend to earn more than Forensic Psychologists ($44,680), and Social Workers ($44,710).

TitleAnnual Salary
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$69,820
School Psychologists$64,130
Health Care Social Workers$55,340
Substance Abuse Counselors$45,190
Social Workers$44,710
Forensic Psychologists$44,680
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Charleston Substance Abuse Counselors

The number of Substance Abuse Counselors currently employed in Charleston is 250.

Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $45,190 per year or $21.72 per hour in Charleston.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Charleston Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $50,907 per year or $24 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Charleston are Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($69,820), School Psychologists($64,130), Health Care Social Workers($55,340).


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