Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Salary

Demand for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists runs highest in California; the three top-paying cities in the United States are Oakland, San Francisco, and San Diego. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$35,495 - $72,286
(Median)
$35K
$50K
$72K
MEDIAN: $49,645
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$20.52 - $111.98
(Median)
$21
$32
$110
MEDIAN: $31.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$35,495 - $72,286  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,562  
Total Pay (?
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$37,435 - $102,233  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 367
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Hourly Rate
$20.52 - $111.98  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $46.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,562  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$37,435 - $102,233  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 155
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Job Description for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Marriage and family therapists specialize in assessing psychological issues within families and couples. They identify the issues and their effect on family members and the relationships between family members. The therapist works out of a plan of action that might include one-on-one talk therapy with the affected parties, couples therapy, or other methods. They provide support to the family members and utilize community resources to assist patients and their families. They also confer with the patients' medical doctors regarding ongoing treatment options.

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Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Tasks

  • Assess, diagnose and counsel individuals, couples and families.
  • Manage caseload and documentation.
  • Gather information about patients using interviews, case histories, observations and assessments.
  • Facilitate and lead group and education sessions.
  • Provide individual, couple, family and group therapy.

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Popular Skills for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist


Survey results suggest that Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Bilingual, Clinical Psychology, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, and Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 16 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Group Therapy. Most people skilled in Counseling are similarly competent in Diagnosis and Treatment Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $49K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $54K. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $65K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $72K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location


California cities Oakland, San Francisco, and San Diego are lucrative areas for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, where pay is not only higher than the national average but also represents the three highest-paid areas in the country. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists in St. Paul take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 25 percent less than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Portland and Philadelphia (23 percent lower and 19 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 36%

Experienced
up arrow 24%


National Average
$53,000


Skills That Affect Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Salaries

Bilingual
up arrow 16%

Clinical Psychology
up arrow 12%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
up arrow 4%

Counseling
up arrow 1%

National Average
$53,000

Group Therapy
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 67 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 32%
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