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Marriage / Family Therapist Salary

Earnings for Marriage & Family Therapists in the United States come in at around $43K annually on average. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $32K and $82K per year. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under one in three lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and a majority have dental, too. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Marriage & Family Therapists making up 79 percent. Work is enjoyable for Marriage & Family Therapists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$31,041 - $64,383
(Median)
$31K
$43K
$64K
MEDIAN: $43,415
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$16.46 - $95.74
(Median)
$16
$26
$96
MEDIAN: $25.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$31,041 - $64,383  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,466  
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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$31,889 - $81,927  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 733
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$32$64$96
Hourly Rate
$16.46 - $95.74  
   
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 - $2,466  
   
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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$31,889 - $81,927  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 269

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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 who become Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists position may earn slightly higher salaries. The median income for that position is $52K per year.

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Popular Skills for Marriage / Family Therapist


Marriage & Family Therapists who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that 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. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include 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 with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. 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 see a median salary of $60K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $67K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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), New York (+7 percent), and Philadelphia (+3 percent). The lowest-paying market is Denver, which sits 18 percent below the national average. Workers in Phoenix and Portland earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (17 percent less and 14 percent less, 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 3%

Clinical Psychology
up arrow 2%

Emergency/Trauma
up arrow 2%

National Average
$45,000

Counseling
up arrow 1%

Case Management
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 182 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 28%
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