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Mental Health Therapist Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Mental Health Therapist is $40,507 per year. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Substance Abuse and Spanish Language. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field.
Mental Health Therapist Salary (?
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$31,327 - $56,038
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $40,507
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Mental Health Therapist Salary (?
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$15.78 - $41.13
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$31,327 - $56,038  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,927  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $129,128  
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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$31,809 - $62,617  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,325
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.78 - $41.13  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $38.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,927  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $129,128  
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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$31,809 - $62,617  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 462
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Mental Health Therapist

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Pay Difference By Location

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$42,000
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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

Substance Abuse
up arrow 25%
Assessment
up arrow 4%
Clinical Psychology
up arrow 3%
Counseling
0%
Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
0%
National Average
$42,000
Case Management
up arrow 1%
Crisis intervention
up arrow 2%
Clinical Supervision
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 387 votes.

Gender

Female
83%
female alumni
 
Male
17%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 23%