Mental Health Therapist Salary

Mental Health Therapists in the United States take home approximately $41K annually on average. Pay generally varies between $32K and $62K per year. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration and the particular employer. Although approximately one-fifth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and the larger part get dental coverage, too. For the most part, Mental Health Therapists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Mental Health Therapists (83 percent) who participated in the survey are women. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,963 - $56,898
(Median)
$32K
$41K
$57K
MEDIAN: $41,223
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$15.35 - $38.52
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$15
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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 (?
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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 transition into a Clinical Director role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $71K 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.

Mental Health Therapist Job Listings

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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 among the top companies that take on many Mental Health Therapists. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Universal Health Services, Inc. offers the most; Mental Health Therapists earn $40K on average there.

Popular Skills for Mental Health Therapist


Mental Health Therapists report using a large range of skills on the job. 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Crisis intervention. 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 a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $40K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $45K on average. On average, Mental Health Therapists make $50K following one to two decades on the job. Mental Health Therapists who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $52K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,272

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

Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Mental Health Therapists, 18 percent above the national average. 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). With compensation 12 percent below the national average, Cleveland is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. 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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