Marriage / Family Therapist Salary

The average Marriage & Family Therapist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $46K per year. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Marriage & Family Therapists who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 85 percent. Although close to one-fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$33,781 - $64,742
$34K
$46K
$65K
MEDIAN: $46,107
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50%
90%

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$16.51 - $50.61
$17
$24
$51
MEDIAN: $24.12
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$33,781 - $64,742  
   
Bonus
$49.32 - $5,068  
Profit Sharing
$1,245  
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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$34,039 - $75,503  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 431
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$16.51 - $50.61  
   
Overtime
$8.03 - $41.22  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$49.32 - $5,068  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,245  
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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$34,039 - $75,503  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 190

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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

  • Facilitate and lead group and education sessions.
  • Provide individual, couple, family and group therapy.
  • Develop and implement individualized treatment plans addressing family relationship problems.
  • Assess, diagnose and counsel individuals, couples and families.
  • Manage caseload and documentation.

Common Career Paths for Marriage / Family Therapist


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Marriage & Family Therapists often transition into upper-level roles like Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, for which the average compensation is $53K per year. Licensed Clinical Social Workers or Clinical Supervisors are common next-step roles for Marriage & Family Therapists moving up in their careers; annual pay for Licensed Clinical Social Workers is $5K higher on average, and it's $6K higher for Clinical Supervisors.

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Popular Skills for Marriage / Family Therapist


Marriage & Family Therapists report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Eating Disorders, Clinical Psychology, Spanish Language, and Group Therapy are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 17 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Case Management and Counseling. Those familiar with Case Management also tend to know 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 do not necessarily enjoy more money. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $45K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $51K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Marriage & Family Therapists make a median salary of $59K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $67K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,967

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

Marriage & Family Therapists will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 27 percent. Marriage & Family Therapists will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+13 percent), Portland (+9 percent), Honolulu (+8 percent), and Philadelphia (+4 percent). Pittsburgh, Denver, and Minneapolis — cities with fewer than a million residents each — all report salaries below the national rate for Marriage & Family Therapists, proving smaller cities to be an undesirable location for those looking to make more money in this profession. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Denver (21 percent lower) and Minneapolis (12 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Marriage / Family Therapist

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 62 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Marriage / Family Therapist Salaries

▲42%

▲25%

▲8%

National Average
$47,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Marriage / Family Therapist Salaries

Eating Disorders
▲17%



Group Therapy
▲2%

National Average
$47,000

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
▼1%

▼3%



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 62 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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