Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
101k
Average Age
39.8
Average Salary
$43,355
Average Male Salary
$42,865
Average Female Salary
$43,547

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Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors are most often employed by the Outpatient care centers industry. The average yearly wage for Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors was $43,355 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors by wage are Cargo & freight agents, Model makers, patternmakers, & molding machine setters, metal & plastic, and Home appliance repairers.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors are Harrisburg City & Colonial Park PUMA, PA, Forest Park City, White Oak, Bridgetown & Finneytown PUMA, OH, and Outer Green Bay City PUMA, WI. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors are Harrisburg City & Colonial Park PUMA, PA, Forest Park City, White Oak, Bridgetown & Finneytown PUMA, OH, and Sandtown-Winchester, Ashburton & Mount Washington PUMA, MD.

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Information on the businesses and industries that employ Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors and on wages and locations for those in the field. Outpatient care centers is the industry that employs the most Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors, by average wage, is National security & international affairs. Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors are paid most in Arcadia, San Gabriel & Temple City Cities PUMA, CA but are relatively concentrated in Harrisburg City & Colonial Park PUMA, PA.

Yearly Wage

$43,355
AVERAGE SALARY
± $2,353

In 2020, Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors earned an average of $43,355, $12,599 less than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Cargo & freight agents make somewhat more than Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors while Model makers, patternmakers, & molding machine setters, metal & plastic make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.334
WAGE GINI

In 2019, Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.334, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors, by average wage, are National security & international affairs, Offices of physicians, and Scientific research & development services.

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Industries by Share

101k
2020 Workforce
± 7,795
14.1%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 9.91%

The number of people employed as Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors has been growing at a rate of 14.1%, from 88,400 people in 2019 to 100,861 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors employed by various industries. Outpatient care centers employs the largest share of Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors at  35.3%, followed by Elementary & secondary schools with 14.4% and Individual & family services with 13.1%.

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Demographic information on Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors in the US. The average age of male Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors in the workforce is 41.9 and of female Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors is 39, and the most common race/ethnicity for Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

28.4k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 4,138
72.4k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 6,607

71.8% of Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors are Female, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

58.3% of Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 19.4% of Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors.

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Age by Sex

41.9
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 2.1
39
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.18

The median age of Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors is 39.8, and Male employees are generally 2.89 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Data on higher education choices for Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors is Psychology but a relatively high number of Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors hold a major in Psychology.

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