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Mental Health Therapist Salary

An average Mental Health Therapist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $41K per year. Pay generally varies between $32K and $62K per year. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though tenure and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. Although a fair number have medical coverage and the larger part have dental coverage, just under one in four claim no health benefits at all. The vast majority of Mental Health Therapists (83 percent) who participated in the survey are women. For the most part, Mental Health Therapists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,658 - $56,767
(Median)
$32K
$41K
$57K
MEDIAN: $40,870
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$15.37 - $39.72
(Median)
$15
$22
$40
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$31,658 - $56,767  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,989  
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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$31,857 - $61,915  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,874
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$15.37 - $39.72  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $39.32  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,989  
   
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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$31,857 - $61,915  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 640
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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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For Mental Health Therapists, progressing to a Clinical Director role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Clinical Director can earn $70K annually. Mental Health Therapists moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Licensed Clinical Social Workers or Clinical Supervisors. The median paychecks in those roles are $9K higher and $10K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Mental Health Therapist


Mental Health Therapists report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Spanish Language, Patient Counseling, Family Practice, and Substance Abuse are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 9 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Clinical Supervision. Those proficient in Case Management are, more often than not, also skilled 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. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $40K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $44K. Mental Health Therapists bring in $49K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 $51K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Mental Health Therapists that is 18 percent greater than the national average, Los Angeles offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Mental Health Therapists will also find cushy salaries in New York (+17 percent), Baltimore (+14 percent), Minneapolis (+4 percent), and Philadelphia (+4 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 11 percent south of the national average, can be found in Cleveland. Employers in Indianapolis and Denver also lean toward paying below-median salaries (10 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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


Family Practice
up arrow 8%

Patient Counseling
up arrow 8%

Substance Abuse
up arrow 3%

Group Therapy
up arrow 2%

Clinical Psychology
up arrow 2%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
up arrow 1%

Counseling
0%

Assessment
0%

National Average
$42,000

Case Management
up arrow 2%

Crisis intervention
up arrow 2%

Clinical Supervision
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 422 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 22%
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