The average Mental Health Therapist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $42K per year. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and tenure. Work is enjoyable for Mental Health Therapists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A fair number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Women account for the majority of Mental Health Therapists who took the survey — 82 percent to be exact. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$33,354 - $58,629
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$42K
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MEDIAN: $42,088
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$15.63 - $35.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$33,354 - $58,629  
   
Bonus
$252.97 - $4,961  
Profit Sharing
$720  
Total Pay (?
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$33,313 - $61,814  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,725
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$15.63 - $35.00  
   
Hourly Tips
$7.41  
Overtime
$19.44 - $54.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$252.97 - $4,961  
   
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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$33,313 - $61,814  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 610

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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Clinical Director. The latter position pays an average of $71K annually. Mental Health Therapists most often move into positions as Licensed Clinical Social Workers or Clinical Supervisors; those groups report median salaries that are $9K higher and $10K higher, respectively.

Mental Health Therapist Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Mental Health Therapist


Many Mental Health Therapists can be found at Community Mental Health Center, Catholic Charities, Universal Health Services, Inc., Centerstone, and Pacific Clinics, firms that are at the top of the field. For Mental Health Therapists, comfortable salaries can be found at Pacific Clinics; in fact, median earnings sit around $50K, the highest in the area. Those in search of high salaries should also consider G4S Youth Services, Behavioral Health Group, and Catholic Charities, top-paying firms where Mental Health Therapists rake in a respectable $45K, $43K, or $41K, respectively.

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


Mental Health Therapists seem to exploit a large range 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 27 percent, 21 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Crisis intervention, Family Therapy, and Individual therapy. Those familiar with Case Management also tend to know 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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $41K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $47K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Mental Health Therapists make a median salary of $50K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Mental Health Therapists with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $53K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $43,075

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For Mental Health Therapists, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 17 percent above the national average. Mental Health Therapists will also find cushy salaries in New York (+13 percent), Tampa (+10 percent), Baltimore (+8 percent), and Phoenix (+7 percent). In Pittsburgh, salaries are 17 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include St. Louis (5 percent lower) and Indianapolis (4 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 259 votes.
051
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Mental Health Therapist Salaries




National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Mental Health Therapist Salaries

Clinical Supervision
up arrow 27%

Psychotherapy
up arrow 21%



Substance Abuse
up arrow 2%

Bilingual
up arrow 1%

Counseling
0%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
0%

Group Therapy
0%

Patient Counseling
0%

National Average
$43,000


Assessment
up arrow 8%

Individual therapy
up arrow 10%

Family Therapy
up arrow 11%

Crisis intervention
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 259 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
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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