Substance Abuse Counselor Salary in California - CA

Drug Counselor Salary in California - CA

The average drug counselor salary in California is $44,000 per year, one percent lower than the average national salary for substance abuse counselors.  Aspiring substance abuse counselors should remember that salaries can vary widely within a state depending on the city in which a given position is located.  This is especially true of a large state such as California which is comprised of numerous, disparate geographical regions.  Average annual substance abuse counselor salaries in Los Angeles and Pasadena are in line with the state-wide average at $44,000 and $43,000 respectively.  However, salaries in Fresno are significantly lower, averaging $37,000 a year.  Meanwhile, substance abuse counselors working in San Francisco get paid significantly more than their counterparts in other areas of the state, taking home, on average, $51,000 annually.

Demand for substance abuse counselors is expected to remain strong as the decade progresses.  Indeed, projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics state that the number of available positions will increase by 21 percent and that the number of new positions created will outstrip the number of qualified individuals graduating from approved educational and training programs. 
This expected rise in demand can be attributed to a number of factors, including growing public awareness of the physical and psychological effects of substance abuse and an increasing willingness to seek treatment for addiction. 

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