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Mental Health Therapist Salary

Mental Health Therapists in the United States take home approximately $41K per year on average. Lower pay rates hover around $32K, and the higher rates verge on $62K per year. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — experience level and the specific company are driving factors as well. Women make up the vast majority of Mental Health Therapists (83 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Work is enjoyable for Mental Health Therapists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. While just under a fourth report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,639 - $56,685
(Median)
$32K
$41K
$57K
MEDIAN: $40,872
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90%

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$15.40 - $39.79
(Median)
$15
$22
$40
MEDIAN: $22.00
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90%

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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
$31,639 - $56,685  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,981  
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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$31,861 - $62,028  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,834
National Hourly Rate 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$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$15.40 - $39.79  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $40.27  
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 - $1,981  
   
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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$31,861 - $62,028  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 634

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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 transition into a Clinical Director role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $70K per year. 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


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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 10 percent. The majority of those who know Case Management also know Clinical Psychology.

Pay by Experience Level for Mental Health Therapist

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


Mental Health Therapists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $40K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $44K. On average, Mental Health Therapists make $49K following one to two decades on the job. 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


Home to some of the best pay for Mental Health Therapists, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 18 percent above the national average. Mental Health Therapists will also find cushy salaries in New York (+16 percent), Baltimore (+14 percent), Minneapolis (+4 percent), and Philadelphia (+4 percent). With compensation 10 percent below the national average, Cleveland is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Indianapolis and Denver are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 10 percent lower and 9 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%

Group Therapy
up arrow 3%

Substance Abuse
up arrow 3%

Clinical Psychology
up arrow 2%

Assessment
up arrow 2%

Counseling
0%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
0%

National Average
$42,000

Case Management
up arrow 2%

Crisis intervention
up arrow 2%

Clinical Supervision
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 425 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
17%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 23%
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