Entry-Level Marriage / Family Therapist Salary (United States)

A relatively junior crowd, more than three-quarters of Entry-Level Family Therapists have fewer than five years of experience under their belt and the average salary for the field is $42,448 per year. Some workers in this field—25 percent—are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by most and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Entry-Level Marriage / Family Therapist Salary (?
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$30,410 - $58,439
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MEDIAN: $40,974
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Entry-Level Marriage / Family Therapist Salary (?
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$14.92 - $81.09
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MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$30,410 - $58,439  
   
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$0.00 - $2,609  
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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$30,653 - $69,804  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 567
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$14.92 - $81.09  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $44.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,609  
   
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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$30,653 - $69,804  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 196
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San Francisco
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Home to some of the best pay for Entry-Level Family Therapists, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 21 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Family Therapists will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+8 percent) and Minneapolis (+2 percent). Denver ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 10 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Phoenix and San Diego (-8 percent and -4 percent, respectively).

Marriage / Family Therapist Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Marriage / Family Therapist in Chicago:
"MFT Specific."
Because Marriage and Family Therapists have a uniquely systemic perspective, it is important to make sure you are in supervision and consultation with someone who will nurture your skills and development. Also, don't be afraid to follow and stick with your passions. Collaborate with others and learn from them. Learn some basic skills related to care management... this will inform and support the effectiveness of your therapeutic care.

Skills That Affect Entry-Level Marriage / Family Therapist Salaries

Emergency/Trauma
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Clinical Psychology
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Spanish Language
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Counseling
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National Average
$42,000
Case Management
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 150 votes.

Gender

Female
82%
female alumni
 
Male
18%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 25%
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