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 data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$36,610 - $73,559
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$74K
MEDIAN: $50,233
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$20.32 - $101.66
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$36,610 - $73,559  
   
Bonus
$251.68 - $2,043  
Profit Sharing
$2,750  
Total Pay (?
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$38,623 - $97,449  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 360
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$20.32 - $101.66  
   
Overtime
$1.64 - $78.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$38,623 - $97,449  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 160

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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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Play Therapy and Case Management. Most people experienced in Counseling also know 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.


Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. 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 $64K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $73K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,303

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

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists can earn above-average salaries when they head west to California. Specifically, San Diego, San Jose, and Los Angeles represent the three top-paying cities for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists in the United States. The lowest-paying market is Atlanta, which sits 33 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Oklahoma City and St. Paul are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 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
77 %
Male
23 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 votes.
036
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Salaries




National Average
$53,000


Skills That Affect Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Salaries

Bilingual
up arrow 15%

Clinical Psychology
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Group Therapy
0%

National Average
$53,000

Case Management
up arrow 7%

Play Therapy
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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