Entry-Level Marriage & Family Therapists can expect wages of $44K annually on average. Most Entry-Level Marriage & Family Therapists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Health benefits are not claimed by all — approximately one in four lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. Women make up the vast majority of Entry-Level Marriage & Family Therapists (86 percent) who answered the questionnaire. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$32,319 - $59,684
(Median)
$32K
$44K
$60K
MEDIAN: $44,159
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$15.58 - $40.18
(Median)
$16
$22
$40
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$32,319 - $59,684  
   
Bonus
$50.68 - $9,863  
Total Pay (?
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$32,559 - $64,556  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 309
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.58 - $40.18  
   
Overtime
$7.93 - $44.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$50.68 - $9,863  
   
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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$32,559 - $64,556  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 130
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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,547

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San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Entry-Level Marriage & Family Therapists, 28 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Marriage & Family Therapists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+18 percent), New York (+4 percent), Los Angeles (+4 percent), and Philadelphia (+1 percent). Entry-Level Marriage & Family Therapists in Pittsburgh take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 24 percent less than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Denver and Phoenix (14 percent lower).

Marriage / Family Therapist Advice

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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

Group Therapy
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Clinical Psychology
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Spanish Language
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Emergency/Trauma
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National Average
$45,000

Counseling
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Case Management
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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