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Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Salary

For Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, higher-than-average salaries can be found at Self-Employed, where the average employee brings in around $181K relative to the national average of $50K per year for those in this line of work. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,292 - $72,254
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$35K
$50K
$72K
MEDIAN: $49,735
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$20.27 - $118.91
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$31
$120
MEDIAN: $31.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$35,292 - $72,254  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,562  
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$37,121 - $102,999  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 337
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Hourly Rate
$20.27 - $118.91  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $38.86  
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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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$37,121 - $102,999  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 141

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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 seem to require a number of specific 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 9 percent and 16 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Group Therapy. Most people who know 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.


For many Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $50K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $54K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $65K in this role. 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 $71K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, busy Oakland offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 58 percent above the national average. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+38 percent), Seattle (+18 percent), Sacramento (+16 percent), and San Diego (+14 percent). The lowest-paying market is St. Paul, which sits 25 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Portland and Philadelphia are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 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 23%


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 9%

Counseling
up arrow 2%

National Average
$53,000

Group Therapy
up arrow 14%

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: 65% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 33%
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