Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Salary

For Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, the fattest paychecks can be found in the Golden State; the three highest-paying cities in the field are Oakland, San Francisco, and San Diego. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$35,438 - $72,447
(Median)
$35K
$50K
$72K
MEDIAN: $49,700
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$20.52 - $111.98
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$21
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$110
MEDIAN: $31.00
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Salary
$35,438 - $72,447  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,562  
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$37,486 - $103,060  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 363
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Hourly Rate
$20.52 - $111.98  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $46.81  
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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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$37,486 - $103,060  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 155
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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 usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Bilingual, Clinical Psychology, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, and Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Group Therapy. Most people skilled in Counseling are similarly competent in 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $49K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $54K. 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 $72K.

Pay Difference by Location


Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists in Oakland, San Francisco, and San Diego — 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. 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. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Portland (23 percent lower) and Philadelphia (19 percent lower).

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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 2%

Counseling
up arrow 1%

National Average
$53,000

Group Therapy
up arrow 12%

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: 66% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 32%
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