Mental Health Therapist Salary

Pay for Mental Health Therapists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $42K per year. The specific employer is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and experience level are driving factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. The vast majority (82 percent) of Mental Health Therapists who took the survey are female. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$33,378 - $58,675
$33K
$42K
$59K
MEDIAN: $41,983
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$15.80 - $35.16
$16
$22
$35
MEDIAN: $22.05
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$33,378 - $58,675  
   
Bonus
$253.42 - $5,011  
Profit Sharing
$610  
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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$33,428 - $62,203  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,633
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$15.80 - $35.16  
   
Hourly Tips
$7.41  
Overtime
$19.58 - $54.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$253.42 - $5,011  
   
Profit Sharing
$610  
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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$33,428 - $62,203  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 586

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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

  • Interact with clients, provide therapy, and suggest specific services.
  • Write progress notes and coordinate with other care providers.
  • Monitor for and intervene in crisis situations.
  • Document and report on interactions, concerns, treatment, and attendance.

Common Career Paths for Mental Health Therapist


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Mental Health Therapists who go on to become Clinical Directors may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Clinical Directors is $72K annually. 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


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Mental Health Therapists include Community Mental Health Center, Universal Health Services, Inc., Catholic Charities, Centerstone, and Pacific Clinics. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Pacific Clinics offers the most; Mental Health Therapists earn $50K on average there. Soaring salaries can also be found at G4S Youth Services, Behavioral Health Group, and Catholic Charities, where earnings of $45K, $43K, or $41K are standard for Mental Health Therapists.

Other low-paying employers include Valley Cities Counseling and Consultation at $36K and Centerstone at $36K, though some Mental Health Therapists there earn up to $53K.

Popular Skills for Mental Health Therapist


Survey takers working as Mental Health Therapists report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Clinical Supervision, Psychotherapy, and Clinical Psychology are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent, 21 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Crisis intervention, Individual therapy, and Assessment. For most people, competency in Case Management indicates knowledge of Clinical Psychology.

Pay by Experience Level for Mental Health Therapist

Pay by Experience for a Mental Health Therapist has a positive trend. An entry-level Mental Health Therapist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 1,477 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Mental Health Therapist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 611 salaries. An experienced Mental Health Therapist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 390 salaries. A Mental Health Therapist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 168 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $43,054

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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 will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+17 percent), New York (+12 percent), Phoenix (+9 percent), and Portland (+7 percent). In Pittsburgh, salaries are 18 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Indianapolis (8 percent lower) and St. Louis (6 percent lower).

Mental Health Therapist Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Mental Health Therapist

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 258 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Mental Health Therapist Salaries

▲23%

▲16%

▲9%

National Average
$43,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Mental Health Therapist Salaries

Clinical Supervision
▲27%

Psychotherapy
▲21%



Bilingual
▲2%

Counseling
▼0%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
▼0%

Group Therapy
▼0%

National Average
$43,000

Patient Counseling
▼1%


Substance Abuse
▼3%

Family Therapy
▼5%

Assessment
▼8%

Individual therapy
▼10%

Crisis intervention
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 258 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
no benefits
None: 19%