The average pay for a Mental Health Therapist is $39,942 per year. A skill in Spanish Language is associated with high pay for this job. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
Mental Health Therapist Total Pay (?
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$31,060 - $55,134
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MEDIAN: $39,941
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Mental Health Therapist Total Pay (?
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$15.48 - $41.58
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$31,060 - $55,134  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,549  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $126,045  
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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$31,482 - $62,938  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 23 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,384
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.48 - $41.58  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $38.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,549  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $126,045  
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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$31,482 - $62,938  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 23 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,384
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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.
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Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
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Dayton
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National Average
$41,000
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Seattle
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Pittsburgh
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Experience Affects Mental Health Therapist Salaries

National Average
$41,000

Skills That Affect Mental Health Therapist Salaries

Assessment
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Clinical Psychology
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Clinical Supervision
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Counseling
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National Average
$41,000
Case Management
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Crisis intervention
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Job Satisfaction
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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 318 votes.
Gender
Female
85%
female alumni
 
Male
15%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
9%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 23%
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