Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Salary

The market for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists is most competitive in California, where the three top-paying cities can be found: Oakland, San Francisco, and San Diego.

$35,598 - $72,406

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$20.41 - $109.93

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$35,598 - $72,406  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,562  
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$37,629 - $102,174  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 374
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$20.41 - $109.93  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $46.81  
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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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$37,629 - $102,174  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 159
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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


Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists report a focused set of job skills. 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 experienced in Counseling also know 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.


Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $49K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $54K. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $65K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $72K.

Pay Difference by Location


California is a land of opportunity for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists. The state is home to the top three paying cities in the field, with Oakland, San Francisco, and San Diego all offering salaries above the national rate. One of the biggest compensable factors for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists is geography, with workers in St. Paul earning a whopping 25 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Portland (23 percent lower) and Philadelphia (19 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 37%

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 8%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

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: 40% employee benefits None: 31%
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