Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Substance Abuse Counselors currently employed in Wheeling is 190.
  • Substance Abuse Counselors in Wheeling earn an average of $38,770 per year or $18.64 per hour.
  • The percentage of West Virginia Substance Abuse Counselors who work in Wheeling is less than 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Substance Abuse Counselors who work in Wheeling is less than 1%.

Rankings for Wheeling

  • Ranks #9 in West Virginia for salary and #4 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #4 in West Virginia for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #493 in the nation for salary and #456 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #298 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to West Virginia

Wheeling Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $38,770 or $18.64 per hour which is 6% less than the West Virginia average salary of $41,520.

AverageWheelingWest Virginia% Difference
Hourly Wage$18.64$19.96-6.61%
Annual Salary$38,770$41,520-6.62%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Wheeling Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $38,770 or $18.64 per hour which is 27% less than the U.S. average salary of $53,490.

AverageWheelingU.S.%
Hourly Wage$18.64$25.72-27.53%
Annual Salary$38,770$53,490-27.52%
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 Wheeling earns an average annual salary of $44,538 which compares to the West Virginia average annual salary of $41,520. per year.

Cost-of-living in Wheeling is 13% less than the West Virginia average, which means Wheeling 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.
  • Wheeling average salary is $38,770.
  • Wheeling cost-of-living adjusted salary is $44,538.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Wheeling$38,77087.05%$44,538
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 Wheeling, 50% of Substance Abuse Counselors earn between $30,600 and $40,380 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 $58,430, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Substance Abuse Counselors.

Approximately 10% of Substance Abuse Counselors earn under $24,630, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Substance Abuse Counselors.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year19Under $24,630
15%2 – 4 years28$24,630 – $30,600
25%5 – 9 years48$30,600 – $37,390
25%10 – 14 years48$37,390 – $40,380
15%15 – 20 years28$37,390 – $58,430
10%20+ years19Above $58,430
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 $38,770, Wheeling Substance Abuse Counselors tend to earn less than Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($103,250), Health Care Social Workers ($54,380), and Social Workers ($45,430).

TitleAnnual Salary
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$103,250
Health Care Social Workers$54,380
Social Workers$45,430
Substance Abuse Counselors$38,770
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Wheeling Substance Abuse Counselors

The number of Substance Abuse Counselors currently employed in Wheeling is 190.

Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $38,770 per year or $18.64 per hour in Wheeling.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Wheeling Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $44,538 per year or $21 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Wheeling are Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($103,250), Health Care Social Workers($54,380), Social Workers($45,430).


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