Marriage / Family Therapist Salary

Marriage & Family Therapists in the United States can expect wages of $44K annually on average. The bottom of the pay range sits near $32K, and the top verges on $78K per year. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, nearly one in four claim no health benefits at all. Female Marriage & Family Therapists make up most of the survey respondents at 79 percent. Work is enjoyable for Marriage & Family Therapists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$31,172 - $63,062
(Median)
$31K
$44K
$63K
MEDIAN: $43,645
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$16.92 - $97.19
(Median)
$17
$25
$97
MEDIAN: $24.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$31,172 - $63,062  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,022  
Profit Sharing
$200.00  
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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$32,113 - $78,265  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 734
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$16.92 - $97.19  
   
Hourly Tips
$4.17  
Overtime
$0.00 - $48.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,022  
   
Profit Sharing
$200.00  
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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$32,113 - $78,265  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 258
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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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For Marriage & Family Therapists who go on to become Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, career progression may result in slightly increased compensation. On average, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist earns $53K annually.

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Popular Skills for Marriage / Family Therapist


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Group Therapy, Spanish Language, Clinical Psychology, and Emergency/Trauma are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Case Management. For most people, competency in Case Management indicates knowledge of 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. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $43K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $49K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Marriage & Family Therapists make a median salary of $59K. 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

National Average: $45,179

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Marriage & Family Therapists, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 26 percent greater than the national average. Marriage & Family Therapists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+18 percent), Honolulu (+12 percent), San Diego (+9 percent), and Philadelphia (+9 percent). Marriage & Family Therapists in Pittsburgh earn salaries far below the national average by 22 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Denver (18 percent less) and Phoenix (17 percent less).

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Experience Affects Marriage / Family Therapist Salaries




National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Marriage / Family Therapist Salaries

Group Therapy
up arrow 5%

Spanish Language
up arrow 4%

Clinical Psychology
up arrow 3%

Emergency/Trauma
up arrow 2%

Counseling
0%

National Average
$45,000

Case Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 131 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
medical benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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