Marriage & Family Therapists in the United States pull down an average of $46K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Women account for the majority of Marriage & Family Therapists who took the survey — 85 percent to be exact. Most Marriage & Family Therapists like their work and job satisfaction is high. While some workers in this profession — somewhere between a fifth and a fourth — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$33,672 - $63,954
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MEDIAN: $45,605
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$16.29 - $51.25
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MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$33,672 - $63,954  
   
Bonus
$193.92 - $6,183  
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$33,912 - $73,732  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 416
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Hourly Rate
$16.29 - $51.25  
   
Overtime
$8.03 - $43.17  
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$193.92 - $6,183  
   
Total Pay (?
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$33,912 - $73,732  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 171
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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.

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Many Marriage & Family Therapists advance their careers by becoming Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, who report a slightly higher median income of $53K. 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


Survey results imply that Marriage & Family Therapists put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Group Therapy, Clinical Psychology, Spanish Language, and Emergency/Trauma are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 7 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Case Management. Those educated in Case Management tend to be well versed in 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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $45K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $50K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $59K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $70K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,344

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

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Marriage & Family Therapists, 27 percent higher than the national average. Marriage & Family Therapists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+14 percent), Honolulu (+10 percent), Portland (+9 percent), and Philadelphia (+4 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Marriage & Family Therapists in Pittsburgh earning a whopping 27 percent below the national average. Workers in Denver and Chicago earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (20 percent less and 16 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Marriage / Family Therapist Salaries




National Average
$46,000


Skills That Affect Marriage / Family Therapist Salaries

Group Therapy
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Spanish Language
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Emergency/Trauma
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National Average
$46,000

Counseling
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Case Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 58 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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