Mental Health Therapist Salary

Mental Health Therapists in the United States take home approximately $41K annually on average. Earnings sit near $32K on the lower side but can approach $62K per year on the higher side. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but experience level and the particular employer are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction for Mental Health Therapists is high. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and the larger part have dental coverage, roughly a fifth claim no health benefits at all. The vast majority of Mental Health Therapists (83 percent) who participated in the survey are women. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$31,963 - $56,898
(Median)
$32K
$41K
$57K
MEDIAN: $41,223
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$15.35 - $38.52
(Median)
$15
$22
$39
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$31,963 - $56,898  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,021  
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $66,500  
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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$32,072 - $61,657  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,324
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$15.35 - $38.52  
   
Hourly Tips
$4.54  
Overtime
$0.00 - $41.75  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,021  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $66,500  
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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$32,072 - $61,657  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 791
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Job Description for Mental Health Therapist

The descriptor "mental health therapist" includes a variety of professionals that conduct therapy as part of their daily responsibilities, such as clinical psychologists, marriage and family therapists, school therapists, social workers, and general therapists. Therapy includes the use of psychological methods - such as cognitive behavioral therapy and psychoanalysis - to help patients overcome behavioral and psychological obstacles and problems. Techniques used by mental health therapist include cognitive-behavioral therapy, word association, and a wide variety of psychological tests, among many others. A mental health therapist can work in their own practice or for a particular company or organization. As part of a company, the therapist may focus on employees' problems and how they affect productivity and job performance.

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Mental Health Therapist Tasks

  • Monitor for and intervene in crisis situations.
  • Document and report on interactions, concerns, treatment, and attendance.
  • Interact with clients, provide therapy, and suggest specific services.
  • Write progress notes and coordinate with other care providers.

Common Career Paths for Mental Health Therapist


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Mental Health Therapists who go on to become Clinical Directors may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Clinical Directors is $71K annually. The most common next step for a Mental Health Therapist is to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker or a Clinical Supervisor. The former position pays an additional $9K per year on average, and the latter position pays $10K more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Mental Health Therapist


Community Mental Health Center, Centerstone, Great Circle, Universal Health Services, Inc., and Valley Cities Counseling and Consultation are all popular places to work. Universal Health Services, Inc. leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $40K.

Popular Skills for Mental Health Therapist


Survey results imply that Mental Health Therapists deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with Eating Disorders, Psychotherapy, and Bilingual are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 23 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Crisis intervention. Those familiar with Case Management also tend to know Clinical Psychology.

Pay by Experience Level for Mental Health Therapist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $40K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $45K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $50K. Mental Health Therapists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $52K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,272

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

For Mental Health Therapists, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Mental Health Therapists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+12 percent), Baltimore (+5 percent), Portland (+4 percent), and Minneapolis (+3 percent). Trailing the national average by 12 percent, Cleveland is the market with the smallest paychecks. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Indianapolis (10 percent less) and Pittsburgh (9 percent less).

Mental Health Therapist Reviews

What is it like working as a Mental Health Therapist?

Mental Health Therapist in Littleton:
"Rewarding In Helping People."
Pros: That I get to help others dive into life and live life more fully and abundantly.
Cons: It can be stressful at times.

Mental Health Therapist in Marietta:
"Entry Level Therapist."
Pros: Working with children and their families and being hands on with them. Teaching families how to communicate and work through problems effectively.
Cons: The amount of paperwork can be overwhelming.

Mental Health Therapist in Seattle:
"Work Flexibility."
Pros: Rewarding to help people who are under served and create a difference in clients life.
Cons: Hours of paperwork and travel time to meet the needs of the clients.

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Experience Affects Mental Health Therapist Salaries




National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Mental Health Therapist Salaries

Eating Disorders
up arrow 25%

Psychotherapy
up arrow 23%

Bilingual
up arrow 10%


Substance Abuse
up arrow 4%

Clinical Psychology
up arrow 3%

Patient Counseling
up arrow 3%

Group Therapy
up arrow 2%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
up arrow 1%

Family Practice
up arrow 1%

Counseling
0%

National Average
$42,000

Assessment
up arrow 1%

Case Management
up arrow 2%

Clinical Supervision
up arrow 2%

Crisis intervention
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 429 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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