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Marriage / Family Therapist Salary

An average Marriage & Family Therapist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $43K annually. Pay generally varies between $32K and $83K per year. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Roughly a fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and the larger part claim dental coverage as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Marriage & Family Therapists making up 78 percent. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
$31,117 - $64,050
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $43,485
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$16.60 - $95.51
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MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$31,117 - $64,050  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,548  
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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$31,924 - $82,990  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 780
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$16.60 - $95.51  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $96.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,548  
   
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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$31,924 - $82,990  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 291
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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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Marriage & Family Therapists may experience a boost if they go on to an upper-level role like Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. The median pay for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists is $52K annually.

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Popular Skills for Marriage / Family Therapist


Typical Marriage & Family Therapists report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Clinical Psychology, Spanish Language, Emergency/Trauma, and Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Case Management. It is often found that people who know Case Management are also skilled in Clinical Psychology.

Pay by Experience Level for Marriage / Family Therapist

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


For many Marriage & Family Therapists, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $42K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $50K. Marriage & Family Therapists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $60K. 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 $69K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Marriage & Family Therapists in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 24 percent above the national average. Marriage & Family Therapists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+24 percent), Honolulu (+12 percent), Los Angeles (+8 percent), and New York (+6 percent). Falling short of the national average by 18 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Denver. Employers pay around 17 percent less in Phoenix and 15 percent less in Portland, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Related Job Salaries

Experience Affects Marriage / Family Therapist Salaries




National Average
$46,000


Skills That Affect Marriage / Family Therapist Salaries

Clinical Psychology
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Spanish Language
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National Average
$46,000

Counseling
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Emergency/Trauma
up arrow 1%

Case Management
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 230 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

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