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Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Salary

The three top-paying cities for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists in the United States — Oakland, San Francisco, and Sacramento — are all in California. The bottom of the pay range sits near $37K, and the top verges on $104K per year. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. The vast majority of Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (84 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. While some workers in this profession — approximately one-third — do not have any health coverage, the greater part do receive medical benefits and a little over a half have dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$34,656 - $70,914
(Median)
$35K
$49K
$71K
MEDIAN: $49,351
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$20.24 - $121.67
(Median)
$20
$32
$120
MEDIAN: $31.00
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Salary
$34,656 - $70,914  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,000  
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$36,678 - $104,452  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 268
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Hourly Rate
$20.24 - $121.67  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $34.15  
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,000  
   
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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$36,678 - $104,452  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 113
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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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Typical Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Clinical Psychology, Counseling, and Group Therapy can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Group Therapy. Aptitude in Counseling tends to also indicate an understanding of Group Therapy.

Pay by Experience Level for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $50K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $53K. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists see a median salary of $64K after reaching one to two decades on the job. As Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $72K.

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Experience Affects Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 36%

Experienced
up arrow 22%


National Average
$52,000


Skills That Affect Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Salaries

Clinical Psychology
up arrow 13%

Counseling
up arrow 1%

National Average
$52,000

Group Therapy
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 60 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 64% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 33%