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Marriage / Family Therapist Salary

Earnings for Marriage & Family Therapists in the United States come in at around $44K per year on average. Pay generally varies between $32K and $82K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — slightly less than a third lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and the larger part receive dental plans. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most Marriage & Family Therapists survey respondents are women (79 percent). This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,047 - $64,383
(Median)
$31K
$44K
$64K
MEDIAN: $43,512
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90%

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$16.47 - $95.64
(Median)
$16
$26
$96
MEDIAN: $25.00
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90%

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National Salary 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$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$31,047 - $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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$31,923 - $81,887  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 733
National Hourly Rate 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$32$64$96
Hourly Rate
$16.47 - $95.64  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $49.02  
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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$31,923 - $81,887  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 270

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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 $52K per year.

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Popular Skills for Marriage / Family Therapist


Survey results suggest that Marriage & Family Therapists put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Spanish Language, Clinical Psychology, Emergency/Trauma, and Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Case Management. Those proficient in Case Management are, more often than not, 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $50K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $42K. Marriage & Family Therapists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $60K. Marriage & Family Therapists who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $67K.

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 will also find cushy salaries in Honolulu (+12 percent), Los Angeles (+8 percent), New York (+6 percent), and Chicago (+3 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 18 percent south of the national average, can be found in Denver. Phoenix and Portland are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 17 percent lower and 15 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 3%

Clinical Psychology
up arrow 2%

Emergency/Trauma
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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 186 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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