Drug Counselor Salary in New Jersey - NJ

New Jersey employs more substance abuse counselors than virtually any other single state. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in May 2009, New Jersey employed 4,760 substance abuse counselors, making it the state with the third highest concentration of workers in this field (with Vermont and South Dakota ranking first and second).

The average yearly earnings for substance abuse counselors across the United States is $40,420. Prospective substance abuse counselors in New Jersey will be happy to know that the average substance abuse counselor salary in New Jersey is much higher, at $54,970 making it the second highest-paying state where substance abuse counselors work (first is Hawaii). This amounts to an average hourly wage of about $26. The Trenton-Ewing metropolitan area of New Jersey ranks as the top-paying metropolitan area in the country in which substance abuse counselors work, paying $64,770, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Salaries among cities may vary, as you can see by looking at salary data from the following New Jersey cities:

Newark:  $50,000
Jersey City:  $50,000
Edison:  $50,000
Patterson:  $42,000
Woodbridge:  $50,000
Elizabeth:  $50,000
Trenton:  $64,770
Ewing:  $64,770

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