Drug Counselor Salary in New Mexico - NM

According to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), 556 drug violation arrests were made in New Mexico in 2006, and six meth labs were seized. These numbers were down from a high of 690 arrests in 2004 and the seizure of 194 meth labs in 2003. This reduction could, in part, have been contributed to by the role substance abuse counselors play in the state. LADACs work in treating drug and alcohol offenders to avoid repeat violations and arrests.

The national median earnings annually for a substance abuse counselor in the United States, according to the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), is $40,420 (May 2009 statistic). The average substance abuse counselor salary in New Mexico is $36,220 (also per the BLS, May 2009). The 500 substance abuse counselors working within New Mexico at that time made an average hourly wage of $17.41. Employment for drug and alcohol counselors can be found across New Mexico in cities such as Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Santa Fe, Rio Rancho and Roswell; and in medical facilities like St. Vincent Hospital, Presbyterian Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital and Memorial Medical Center. Salaries can vary within a state from one town to another, as we can see if we look at drug and alcohol counselor salary figures taken from a sampling of the major cities in New Mexico (courtesy of indeed.com):

Albuquerque:  $31,000
Las Cruces:  $32,000
Santa Fe:  $32,000
Rio Rancho:  $31,000
Roswell:  $35,000

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