Mental Health Therapist Salary

In a profession for which the median take-home is approximately $44K, approximately two in five of overall earnings for Mental Health Therapists arrives through commissions. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by geography and tenure. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Some workers in this field — one-fifth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. The vast majority (82 percent) of Mental Health Therapists who took the survey are female. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$33,865 - $59,157
$34K
$43K
$59K
MEDIAN: $42,598
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$16.26 - $35.18
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$0$62K
Salary $33,865 - $59,157
Bonus $257.60 - $5,171
Profit Sharing $720
Commission $17,298
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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$34,043 - $62,415
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,675
Hourly Data $0$51
Hourly Rate $16.26 - $35.18
Hourly Tips $2.13
Overtime $19.29 - $51.60
Annual Data $0$62K
Bonus $257.60 - $5,171
Commission $17,298
Profit Sharing $720
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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$34,043 - $62,415
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 621

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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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At the upper end, Mental Health Therapists who move into a Clinical Director role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Clinical Directors is a much higher $72K per year. A common career progression for a Mental Health Therapist is to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker or a Clinical Supervisor. Compared to Mental Health Therapists, the first group earns $8K more on average, and the second group earns $9K more.

Mental Health Therapist Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Mental Health Therapist


Community Mental Health Center, Universal Health Services, Inc., Catholic Charities, Centerstone, and Pacific Clinics are top-notch employers for Mental Health Therapists in this area. For Mental Health Therapists, comfortable salaries can be found at Pacific Clinics; in fact, median earnings sit around $50K, the highest in the area. Mental Health Therapists will also find cushy salaries at G4S Youth Services (+$45K), Behavioral Health Group (+$43K), and Catholic Charities (+$41K).

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Valley Cities Counseling and Consultation at $36K, and Centerstone where $36K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Mental Health Therapists there earn up to $53K.

Popular Skills for Mental Health Therapist


Survey results imply that Mental Health Therapists deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Clinical Supervision, Psychotherapy, and Clinical Psychology are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 19 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Crisis intervention, Individual therapy, and Assessment. Most people who know Case Management also know 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: $43,619

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Mental Health Therapists, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Mental Health Therapists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+16 percent), New York (+10 percent), Phoenix (+7 percent), and Portland (+6 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 19 percent south of the national average, can be found in Pittsburgh. Employers pay around 9 percent less in Indianapolis and 7 percent less in St. Louis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Mental Health Therapist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Mental Health Therapist?

Mental Health Therapist in St. Louis:
"Exciting and diverse."
Pros: Helping others find hope and healing.
Cons: Stress, paperwork, driving required to meet clients.

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 Shoreview:
"Very stressfull."
Pros: The people.
Cons: The supervisor.

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 300 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Mental Health Therapist Salaries

▲22%

▲15%

▲8%

National Average
$44,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Mental Health Therapist Salaries

Clinical Supervision
▲25%

Psychotherapy
▲19%



Bilingual
▼0%

National Average
$44,000

Counseling
▼2%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
▼2%

Group Therapy
▼2%


Patient Counseling
▼3%

Substance Abuse
▼5%

Family Therapy
▼6%

Assessment
▼9%

Individual therapy
▼11%

Crisis intervention
▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 300 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
15%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
no benefits
None: 20%
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