Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Substance Abuse Counselors currently employed in Wausau is 110.
  • Substance Abuse Counselors in Wausau earn an average of $54,380 per year or $26.14 per hour.
  • The percentage of Wisconsin Substance Abuse Counselors who work in Wausau is less than 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Substance Abuse Counselors who work in Wausau is less than 1%.

Rankings for Wausau

  • Ranks #8 in Wisconsin for salary and #12 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #12 in Wisconsin for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #137 in the nation for salary and #351 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #422 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to Wisconsin

Wausau Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $54,380 or $26.14 per hour which is 4% more than the Wisconsin average salary of $52,010.

AverageWausauWisconsin% Difference
Hourly Wage$26.14$25.014.52%
Annual Salary$54,380$52,0104.56%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Wausau Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $54,380 or $26.14 per hour which is 1% more than the U.S. average salary of $53,490.

AverageWausauU.S.%
Hourly Wage$26.14$25.721.63%
Annual Salary$54,380$53,4901.66%
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 Wausau earns an average annual salary of $60,476 which compares to the Wisconsin average annual salary of $52,010. per year.

Cost-of-living in Wausau is 10% less than the Wisconsin average, which means Wausau residents have an overall less cost for food, housing, utilities and transportation compared to Wisconsin average.

  • Wisconsin average salary is $52,010.
  • Wisconsin cost-of-living adjusted salary is $55,811.
  • Wausau average salary is $54,380.
  • Wausau cost-of-living adjusted salary is $60,476.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Wausau$54,38089.92%$60,476
Wisconsin$52,01093.19%$55,811
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 Wausau, 50% of Substance Abuse Counselors earn between $46,040 and $60,510 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 $75,710, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Substance Abuse Counselors.

Approximately 10% of Substance Abuse Counselors earn under $35,380, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Substance Abuse Counselors.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year11Under $35,380
15%2 – 4 years16$35,380 – $46,040
25%5 – 9 years28$46,040 – $48,560
25%10 – 14 years28$48,560 – $60,510
15%15 – 20 years16$48,560 – $75,710
10%20+ years11Above $75,710
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 $54,380, Wausau Substance Abuse Counselors tend to earn less than School Psychologists ($74,730), Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($71,310), and Health Care Social Workers ($57,050).

However, Substance Abuse Counselors tend to earn more than Social Workers ($45,300).

TitleAnnual Salary
School Psychologists$74,730
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$71,310
Health Care Social Workers$57,050
Substance Abuse Counselors$54,380
Social Workers$45,300
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Wausau Substance Abuse Counselors

The number of Substance Abuse Counselors currently employed in Wausau is 110.

Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $54,380 per year or $26.14 per hour in Wausau.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Wausau Substance Abuse Counselors earn an average of $60,476 per year or $29 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Wausau are School Psychologists($74,730), Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($71,310), Health Care Social Workers($57,050).


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

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