Mental Health Therapist Salary

The average Mental Health Therapist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $41K annually. Compensation ranges between $32K and $62K per year. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but tenure and the particular employer are influential factors as well. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under a fourth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. Women make up the vast majority of Mental Health Therapists (83 percent) who answered the questionnaire. For the most part, Mental Health Therapists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$31,706 - $56,705
(Median)
$32K
$41K
$57K
MEDIAN: $40,946
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$15.35 - $39.13
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$39
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$31,706 - $56,705  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,005  
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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$31,879 - $61,709  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,962
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$15.35 - $39.13  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $40.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,005  
   
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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$31,879 - $61,709  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 667
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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Clinical Director. The average Clinical Director brings home $70K per year. Mental Health Therapists typically move into roles as Licensed Clinical Social Workers or Clinical Supervisors, and those positions pay $9K more and $10K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Mental Health Therapist


Those at Universal Health Services, Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $41K.

Popular Skills for Mental Health Therapist


Mental Health Therapists seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Spanish Language, Patient Counseling, Family Practice, and Substance Abuse are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 9 percent, 8 percent, 7 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Clinical Supervision. Those educated in Case Management tend to be well versed in Clinical Psychology.

Pay by Experience Level for Mental Health Therapist

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


For Mental Health Therapists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $40K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $44K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Mental Health Therapists make a median salary of $49K. Mental Health Therapists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $51K.

Pay Difference by 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 (+14 percent), Baltimore (+12 percent), Minneapolis (+4 percent), and Philadelphia (+2 percent). Falling short of the national average by 11 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Cleveland. Employers pay around 10 percent less in Indianapolis and 9 percent less in Omaha, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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


Patient Counseling
up arrow 8%

Family Practice
up arrow 7%

Clinical Psychology
up arrow 3%

Substance Abuse
up arrow 3%

Group Therapy
up arrow 2%

Counseling
0%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
0%

National Average
$42,000

Assessment
up arrow 1%

Case Management
up arrow 2%

Crisis intervention
up arrow 3%

Clinical Supervision
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 407 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 22%
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