Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Salary

The nationwide average salary for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists is $50K per year, but those working at Self-Employed can pull down an average $181K. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$36,850 - $73,837
$37K
$50K
$74K
MEDIAN: $50,257
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50%
90%

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$20.56 - $102.02
$21
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$100
MEDIAN: $32.88
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$36,850 - $73,837  
   
Bonus
$251.68 - $2,043  
Profit Sharing
$2,750  
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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$38,994 - $97,467  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 347
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$20.56 - $102.02  
   
Overtime
$1.64 - $78.91  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$251.68 - $2,043  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,750  
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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$38,994 - $97,467  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 157

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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

  • Facilitate and lead group and education sessions.
  • Provide individual, couple, family and group therapy.
  • Develop and implement individualized treatment plans addressing family relationship problems.
  • Assess, diagnose and counsel individuals, couples and families.
  • Manage caseload and documentation.

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Popular Skills for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist


Survey results imply that Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists put a diverse skill set 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 3 percent and 15 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Play Therapy. Most people skilled in Counseling are similarly competent in Group Therapy and Case Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Pay by Experience for a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist has a positive trend. An entry-level Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 267 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 206 salaries. An experienced Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 114 salaries. A Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $73,000 based on 37 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,502

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists earn a generous sum in the state of California: In particular, San Jose, San Diego, and Los Angeles have higher pay rates than anywhere else in the country, each offering salaries above the national average. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists in Atlanta earn salaries far below the national average by 33 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Oklahoma City and St. Paul (31 percent lower and 26 percent lower, respectively).

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist?

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Oklahoma City:
"Counseling rocks."
Pros: I like having clients a psychological tool kit so when problems arise a client can take out the correct tool and use it.
Cons: Travel.

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Key Stats for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Salaries

▲37%

▲20%

▲3%

National Average
$54,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Salaries

Bilingual
▲15%

Clinical Psychology
▲10%


▲1%

National Average
$54,000


Case Management
▼3%

Play Therapy
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
no benefits
None: 30%