Entry-Level Marriage / Family Therapist Salary

Median pay for Entry-Level Marriage & Family Therapists is around $41K per year. Although a fair number have medical coverage and a majority have dental coverage, approximately one in four claim no health benefits at all. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 83 percent of Entry-Level Marriage & Family Therapists are female. Most Entry-Level Marriage & Family Therapists report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$30,652 - $58,465
(Median)
$31K
$41K
$58K
MEDIAN: $41,376
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90%

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$15.67 - $77.22
(Median)
$16
$23
$77
MEDIAN: $22.00
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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$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,652 - $58,465  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,043  
Profit Sharing
$410.00  
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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$31,153 - $65,468  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 541
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$15.67 - $77.22  
   
Hourly Tips
$4.17  
Overtime
$0.00 - $44.56  
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$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,043  
   
Profit Sharing
$410.00  
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).
)
$31,153 - $65,468  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 186
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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,790

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San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Entry-Level Marriage & Family Therapists, 21 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Marriage & Family Therapists will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+10 percent) and New York (+9 percent). Trailing the national average by 19 percent, Pittsburgh is the market with the smallest paychecks. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Denver and Phoenix (11 percent lower).

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.

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Skills That Affect Marriage / Family Therapist Salaries

Spanish Language
up arrow 7%

Emergency/Trauma
up arrow 6%

Clinical Psychology
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Counseling
0%

National Average
$43,000

Case Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 75 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
medical benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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