The national average salary for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists is $51K annually; by contrast, Self-Employed pays at a significantly higher rate, offering average pay of $181K.

$36,791 - $74,464
(Median)
$37K
$51K
$74K
MEDIAN: $50,519
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$20.23 - $103.99
(Median)
$20
$33
$100
MEDIAN: $33.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$36,791 - $74,464  
   
Bonus
$251.68 - $9,933  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$38,608 - $98,764  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 372
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$20.23 - $103.99  
   
Overtime
$1.71 - $78.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$251.68 - $9,933  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$38,608 - $98,764  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 156
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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 using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Bilingual, Clinical Psychology, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, and Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Play Therapy and Case Management. For most people, competency in Counseling indicates knowledge of Group Therapy and Case Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

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


For Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. 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 $55K. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $65K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $73K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,645

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

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists in San Diego, San Jose, and San Francisco — all located in California — not only make more than the national average for those in this profession but represent the highest-paid cities in the country for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists. Compared to the national average, Atlanta Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists have considerably lower salaries, 35 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Below-median salaries also turn up in St. Paul and Portland (26 percent lower and 24 percent lower, respectively).

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Reviews

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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Experience Affects Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Salaries




National Average
$54,000


Skills That Affect Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Salaries

Bilingual
up arrow 14%

Clinical Psychology
up arrow 10%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
up arrow 1%

Counseling
0%

National Average
$54,000

Group Therapy
up arrow 1%

Case Management
up arrow 3%

Play Therapy
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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