Behavioral disorder counselors are professionals who treat diseases like eating disorders. They may deal with individuals who have alcohol and drug addictions in addition to behavioral issues, including eating disorders and gambling addictions. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), most behavioral disorder counselors receive a master’s degree before being licensed to practice, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
Average National Salary
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for behavior disorder counselors in May 2020 ranged from $41,950 to $47,660. Twenty-five percent of counselors earned salaries below this range, while 25 percent earned salaries above this range. The average hourly income for this occupation was $22.91 per hour, and the average annual salary was $447,660.
Salary by Work Setting
As of 2020, behavioral disorder counselors working for the government earned a higher average salary than those employed in any other setting: $54,070 per year. Behavioral disorder counselors in elementary and secondary schools made an average of $51,300 per year. Those working for the local government reported a relatively high salary, with an average annual salary of $46,250. Behavioral disorder counselors at general hospitals made an average of $49,450 per year, while those in outpatient care centers made an average of $39,240.
Salary by State
In 2020, behavioral disorder counselor salaries varied greatly by state. According to the BLS, Michigan was the highest-paying state, with an average reported wage of $51,290 per year. Alaska had the second-highest salary, with an annual wage of $50,270. With an annual wage of $49,990, New Jersey came in third. Connecticut, Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Virginia, and Maryland were among the other high-paying states, with average pay rates ranging from $45,000 to $47,500. West Virginia was the lowest-paying state in the country, with an average reported wage of $26,550 per year. Rhode Island, Mississippi, Missouri, and Louisiana were among the states with low average pay rates of between $30,000 and $35,000.
Behavioral disorder counselors should have a bright future between 2020 and 2030. Between 2020 and 2030, the BLS predicts this profession‘s employment will grow at a rate of 23%, roughly twice the average rate of growth projected for the American economy. By 2030, this growth rate will have resulted in the creation of about 41,000 new jobs for behavioral disorder and substance abuse counselors. Furthermore, since this industry has a high turnover rate, trained individuals looking to join the field should have a higher chance of finding employment.
2020 Salary Information for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors made a median annual income of $47,660 in 2020. The bottom 10% of earners made less than $30,590, while the top 10% earned more than $78,700. In 2020, 327,500 people were hired as substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors in the US.