Mental Health Therapist Salary

Mental Health Therapists in the United States can expect wages of $41K annually on average. Lower pay rates hover around $32K, and the higher rates verge on $62K per year. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but years of experience and the specific company are influential factors as well. Female Mental Health Therapists far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Although somewhere between a fifth and a fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and a majority get dental coverage, too. Job satisfaction for Mental Health Therapists is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$31,743 - $56,467

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$15.34 - $39.13

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$31,743 - $56,467  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,008  
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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$31,904 - $61,557  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,992
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$15.34 - $39.13  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $40.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,008  
   
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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$31,904 - $61,557  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 675
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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 go on to become Clinical Directors may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Clinical Directors is $70K annually. Typical career progression for a Mental Health Therapist involves becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker or a Clinical Supervisor, roles that pay $9K more and $10K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Mental Health Therapist


Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Universal Health Services, Inc. offers the most; Mental Health Therapists earn $41K on average there.

Popular Skills for Mental Health Therapist


Mental Health Therapists report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Spanish Language, Patient Counseling, Family Practice, and Clinical Psychology are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 9 percent, 8 percent, 7 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Clinical Supervision. It is often found that people who know Case Management are 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. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $40K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $44K. On average, Mental Health Therapists make $49K 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 $51K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Mental Health Therapists, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 19 percent above the national average. Mental Health Therapists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+15 percent), Baltimore (+12 percent), Minneapolis (+4 percent), and Philadelphia (+3 percent). Indianapolis is the lowest-paying area, 11 percent south of the national average. Cleveland and Denver are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 11 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively.

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


Patient Counseling
up arrow 8%

Family Practice
up arrow 7%

Clinical Psychology
up arrow 3%

Group Therapy
up arrow 2%

Substance Abuse
up arrow 2%

Counseling
0%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
0%

National Average
$42,000

Assessment
up arrow 1%

Case Management
up arrow 2%

Crisis intervention
up arrow 3%

Clinical Supervision
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 403 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 22%
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