Marriage / Family Therapist Salary

Pay for Marriage & Family Therapists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $44K annually. The pay spectrum stretches from $32K to $80K per year. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Nearly one in four of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and the greater part claim dental coverage as well. Most Marriage & Family Therapists report high levels of job satisfaction. Female Marriage & Family Therapists make up most of the survey respondents at 78 percent. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$31,195 - $63,954
(Median)
$31K
$44K
$64K
MEDIAN: $43,522
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$16.49 - $96.44
(Median)
$16
$25
$96
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$31,195 - $63,954  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,085  
Profit Sharing
$10.00 - $1,975  
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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$32,080 - $79,520  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 728
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$16.49 - $96.44  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $49.46  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,085  
   
Profit Sharing
$10.00 - $1,975  
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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$32,080 - $79,520  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 260
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Job Description for Marriage / Family Therapist

The duty of a marriage/family therapist is to counsel individuals and treat patients. The individual would counsel couples and families regarding a wide range of possible psychological issues relating to their personal relationships.

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Marriage / 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.

Common Career Paths for Marriage / Family Therapist


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At the upper end, Marriage & Family Therapists who move into a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist role may earn a little more as the latter position has a median salary of $53K per year.

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Popular Skills for Marriage / Family Therapist


Marriage & Family Therapists typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Spanish Language, Clinical Psychology, Emergency/Trauma, and Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Case Management. Most people who know Case Management also know Clinical Psychology.

Pay by Experience Level for Marriage / Family Therapist

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


Marriage & Family Therapists generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. The average inexperienced worker earns $43K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $50K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $60K in this role. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $66K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Marriage & Family Therapists, 35 percent higher than the national average. Marriage & Family Therapists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Honolulu (+12 percent), Los Angeles (+8 percent), Philadelphia (+5 percent), and New York (+5 percent). Denver is the lowest-paying area, 18 percent south of the national average. Employers in Phoenix and Portland also lean toward paying below-median salaries (17 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Marriage / Family Therapist Salaries




National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Marriage / Family Therapist Salaries

Clinical Psychology
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Emergency/Trauma
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Spanish Language
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National Average
$45,000

Counseling
up arrow 1%

Case Management
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 168 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 27%
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