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Mental Health Therapist Salary

The average Mental Health Therapist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $41K per year. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $32K and $62K per year. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — experience level and the individual firm are driving factors as well. Work is enjoyable for Mental Health Therapists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority (83 percent) of Mental Health Therapists who took the survey are female. While some workers in this profession — just under one in four — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$31,584 - $56,563
(Median)
$32K
$41K
$57K
MEDIAN: $40,893
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90%

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$15.44 - $40.12
(Median)
$15
$23
$40
MEDIAN: $22.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$31,584 - $56,563  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,957  
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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$31,848 - $62,156  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,754
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$15.44 - $40.12  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $40.17  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,957  
   
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).
)
$31,848 - $62,156  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 608

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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 transition into a Clinical Director role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $70K per year. 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.

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Popular Skills for Mental Health Therapist


Survey results imply that Mental Health Therapists deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Family Practice, Patient Counseling, Spanish Language, and Substance Abuse are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 11 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Clinical Supervision. Those educated in Case Management tend to be well versed in Clinical Psychology.

Pay by Experience Level for Mental Health Therapist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Mental Health Therapists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $40K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $44K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Mental Health Therapists make a median salary of $49K. 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


With a pay rate for Mental Health Therapists that is 17 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Mental Health Therapists will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+16 percent), Baltimore (+14 percent), Tulsa (+10 percent), and Minneapolis (+4 percent). The lowest-paying market is Cleveland, which sits 11 percent below the national average. Indianapolis and Denver are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 10 percent lower and 9 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

Family Practice
up arrow 11%


Patient Counseling
up arrow 9%

Substance Abuse
up arrow 5%

Clinical Psychology
up arrow 3%

Group Therapy
up arrow 3%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
up arrow 2%

Assessment
up arrow 1%

Counseling
0%

National Average
$42,000

Case Management
up arrow 2%

Crisis intervention
up arrow 2%

Clinical Supervision
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 428 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 23%