Substance Abuse Counselor Salary in Oklahoma - OK

Drug Counselor Salary in Oklahoma - OK

Employment in the substance abuse and behavioral counselor sector is expected to increase by a whopping 16% in the 10 year period from 2008 to 2018, based on statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is good news for those wanting to become a substance abuse counselor in Oklahoma. Employment for well-trained applicants possessing a CADC is commonly found in specialty hospitals and facilities, treatment care centers (both inpatient and outpatient), clinics (private and public, governmental clinics), private practices, schools, and so forth. Some facilities in Oklahoma that could employ CADCs include Saint Francis Hospital, Oklahoma State University Medical Center, Saint Anthony Hospital and the many INTEGRIS Health Centers found throughout the state.

The national average salary for substance abuse counselors across the nation is $40,420 (BLS statistic, May 2009 figure). The median substance abuse counselor salary in Oklahoma for the 1130 employed in the field in May 2009 was $37,070. Salaries may vary among states and cities based on the industry in which one is employed, the setting in which one is employed, the educational background of one’s co-workers, and the demand for and supply of workers in that area. When looking at some of Oklahoma’s largest metropolitan cities, you can see how salaries can differ from one city to another even within the same state:

Oklahoma City:  $36,000
Tulsa:  $33,000
Norman:  $36,000
Lawton:  $34,000
Broken Arrow:  $33,000

*salary figures courtesy of

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