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Chemical dependency or substance abuse counselors help patients overcome addictions to alcohol through group and individual therapeutic sessions. In Texas, a license from the Texas Department of State Health Services is necessary to work in the field. As of May 2010, licensed chemical dependency counselors in Texas made an average of $17.46 per hour, or $36,320 per year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The Houston, Sugar Land and Baytown metropolitan area had the highest wages for licensed chemical dependency counselors in Texas at an average of $41,680 per year as of May 2010, explains the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. San Antonio ranked as the second-highest paying city for counselors with wages averaging $38,640 annually. In Brownsville and Harlingen, chemical dependency counselors made an average of $30,430 annually, the second-lowest wages statewide. McAllen, Edinburg and Mission had the lowest salaries at an annual average of $28,590.
Wages for chemical dependency counselors in eastern Texas were 2 to 16 percent below the statewide average as of May 2010, reports the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Dallas, Fort Worth and Arlington featured the highest salaries for chemical dependency counselors in the region at an average of $35,500 per year. In Tyler, counselors made an average of $32,890 annually, while those in Longview averaged $31,210. Chemical dependency counselors in Beaumont and Port Arthur were the lowest-paid in the region and the third lowest-paid statewide at an average of $30,600 annually.
Northern and Western Cities
Chemical dependency counselors working in Lubbock were the third highest-paid statewide as of May 2010, explains the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Salaries in the city averaged $37,580 per year, around 3 percent above the statewide average. In Amarillo, chemical dependency counselors earned an average of $32,030 per year. Counselors employed in El Paso made an average of $31,990 annually, making them the lowest paid in the cities of northern and western Texas.
In rural northern-central Texas, licensed chemical dependency counselors earned an average of $37,270 per year as of May 2010, making it the highest-paying rural area for counselors in the field, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Chemical dependency counselors in rural northwestern Texas made an average of $34,620 annually, while those in rural eastern Texas averaged $34,060. Salaries for chemical dependency counselors in rural central Texas averaged $33,030 annually. Along the Gulf Coast, counselors working in rural areas earned an average of $30,180 annually, the lowest among the nonmetropolitan areas of Texas.
Faith Davies has been writing professionally since 1996, contributing to various websites. She holds an LAH insurance license in the state of Pennsylvania and has experience as a bank branch manager and lending officer. Davies graduated cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts in art history.