Marriage / Family Therapist Salary

Pay for Marriage & Family Therapists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $44K per year. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $32K and $78K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Marriage & Family Therapists make up most of the survey respondents at 78 percent. Roughly one in four of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and the larger part claim dental coverage as well. For the most part, Marriage & Family Therapists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction.

$31,170 - $63,075

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$16.40 - $95.93

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$31,170 - $63,075  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,060  
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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$32,045 - $77,776  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 734
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$32$64$96
Hourly Rate
$16.40 - $95.93  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $49.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,060  
   
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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$32,045 - $77,776  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 257
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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 enjoy a small increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder to roles like Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, which pays $52K on average annually.

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Popular Skills for Marriage / Family Therapist


Marriage & Family Therapists usually report a few specific skills. 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. 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.


Marriage & Family Therapists with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $42K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $50K on average. Marriage & Family Therapists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $60K. Marriage & Family Therapists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $66K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Marriage & Family Therapists, 26 percent above the national average. Marriage & Family Therapists will also find cushy salaries in Honolulu (+13 percent), Los Angeles (+7 percent), New York (+6 percent), and Philadelphia (+6 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Marriage & Family Therapist's salary, with Pittsburgh Marriage & Family Therapists earning salaries that are 22 percent less than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Denver and Phoenix (18 percent lower and 16 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Marriage / Family Therapist Salaries




National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Marriage / Family Therapist Salaries

Spanish Language
up arrow 4%

Clinical Psychology
up arrow 3%

Emergency/Trauma
up arrow 3%

National Average
$45,000

Counseling
up arrow 1%

Case Management
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 167 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: 72% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 26%
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