Mental Health Therapist Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Mental Health Therapist is $40,247 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 Total Pay (?
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$31,260 - $55,264
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MEDIAN: $40,246
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Mental Health Therapist Total Pay (?
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$15.72 - $40.85
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$31,260 - $55,264  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,521  
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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$31,712 - $62,365  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,602
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.72 - $40.85  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $38.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,521  
   
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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$31,712 - $62,365  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,602
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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 Difference By Location
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Minneapolis
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$41,000
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Mental Health Therapist Reviews

What is it like working as a Mental Health Therapist?
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
$41,000

Skills That Affect Mental Health Therapist Salaries

Substance Abuse
up arrow 26%
Group Therapy
up arrow 9%
Assessment
up arrow 4%
Clinical Psychology
up arrow 3%
Clinical Supervision
up arrow 1%
Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
up arrow 1%
Counseling
0%
National Average
$41,000
Case Management
up arrow 1%
Documentation
up arrow 1%
Crisis intervention
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Job Satisfaction
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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 350 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
17%
20 years or more
8%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 23%
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