Mental Health Therapist Salary

An average Mental Health Therapist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $41K annually. Earnings generally vary between $32K and $62K per year. While years of experience and the particular employer impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Mental Health Therapists (83 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — slightly more than a fifth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$31,697 - $56,717
(Median)
$32K
$41K
$57K
MEDIAN: $40,930
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$15.33 - $39.21
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$22
$39
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$31,697 - $56,717  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,996  
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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$31,863 - $61,773  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,947
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$15.33 - $39.21  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $40.06  
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 - $1,996  
   
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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$31,863 - $61,773  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 661
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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. Career advancement for the typical Mental Health Therapist often leads to becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker or a Clinical Supervisor; median salaries in these positions are $9K higher and $10K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Mental Health Therapist


Universal Health Services, Inc. attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $41K.

Popular Skills for Mental Health Therapist


Survey results imply that Mental Health Therapists deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Spanish Language, Patient Counseling, Family Practice, and Substance Abuse are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 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.


Mental Health Therapists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $40K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $44K. Mental Health Therapists see a median salary of $49K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $51K on average.

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 can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+15 percent), Baltimore (+13 percent), Minneapolis (+4 percent), and Philadelphia (+3 percent). Cleveland is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 11 percent. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Indianapolis (10 percent less) and Denver (8 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


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%

Counseling
0%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
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 412 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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