Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Substance Abuse Counselors currently employed in Southern West Virginia Nonmetropolitan Area is 140.
  • Substance Abuse Counselors in Southern West Virginia Nonmetropolitan Area earn an average of $39,150 per year or $18.82 per hour.
  • The percentage of West Virginia Substance Abuse Counselors who work in Southern West Virginia Nonmetropolitan Area is less than 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Substance Abuse Counselors who work in Southern West Virginia Nonmetropolitan Area is less than 1%.

Rankings for Southern West Virginia Nonmetropolitan Area

  • Ranks #8 in West Virginia for salary and #8 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #5 in West Virginia for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #490 in the nation for salary and #500 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #360 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to West Virginia

Southern West Virginia Nonmetropolitan Area Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $39,150 or $18.82 per hour which is 5% less than the West Virginia average salary of $41,520.

AverageSouthern West Virginia Nonmetropolitan AreaWest Virginia% Difference
Hourly Wage$18.82$19.96-5.71%
Annual Salary$39,150$41,520-5.71%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Southern West Virginia Nonmetropolitan Area Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $39,150 or $18.82 per hour which is 26% less than the U.S. average salary of $53,490.

AverageSouthern West Virginia Nonmetropolitan AreaU.S.%
Hourly Wage$18.82$25.72-26.83%
Annual Salary$39,150$53,490-26.81%
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 Southern West Virginia Nonmetropolitan Area earns an average annual salary of $46,146 which compares to the West Virginia average annual salary of $41,520. per year.

Cost-of-living in Southern West Virginia Nonmetropolitan Area is 15% less than the West Virginia average, which means Southern West Virginia Nonmetropolitan Area 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.
  • Southern West Virginia Nonmetropolitan Area average salary is $39,150.
  • Southern West Virginia Nonmetropolitan Area cost-of-living adjusted salary is $46,146.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Southern West Virginia Nonmetropolitan Area$39,15084.84%$46,146
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 Southern West Virginia Nonmetropolitan Area, 50% of Substance Abuse Counselors earn between $30,440 and $46,260 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 $56,010, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Substance Abuse Counselors.

Approximately 10% of Substance Abuse Counselors earn under $24,410, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Substance Abuse Counselors.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year14Under $24,410
15%2 – 4 years21$24,410 – $30,440
25%5 – 9 years35$30,440 – $37,390
25%10 – 14 years35$37,390 – $46,260
15%15 – 20 years21$37,390 – $56,010
10%20+ years14Above $56,010
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 $39,150, Southern West Virginia Nonmetropolitan Area Substance Abuse Counselors tend to earn less than Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($66,140), School Psychologists ($55,280), Health Care Social Workers ($53,000), and Forensic Psychologists ($50,080).

However, Substance Abuse Counselors tend to earn more than Social Workers ($37,890).

TitleAnnual Salary
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$66,140
School Psychologists$55,280
Health Care Social Workers$53,000
Forensic Psychologists$50,080
Substance Abuse Counselors$39,150
Social Workers$37,890
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Southern West Virginia Nonmetropolitan Area Substance Abuse Counselors

The number of Substance Abuse Counselors currently employed in Southern West Virginia Nonmetropolitan Area is 140.

Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $39,150 per year or $18.82 per hour in Southern West Virginia Nonmetropolitan Area.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Southern West Virginia Nonmetropolitan Area Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $46,146 per year or $22 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Southern West Virginia Nonmetropolitan Area are Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($66,140), School Psychologists($55,280), Health Care Social Workers($53,000).


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