Marriage / Family Therapist Salary

Marriage & Family Therapists in the United States take home approximately $47K per year on average. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field — approximately one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by a majority. There are far more female Marriage & Family Therapists who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 85 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$34,606 - $67,165
$35K
$47K
$67K
MEDIAN: $46,812
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$16.59 - $75.76
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$76
MEDIAN: $24.76
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$0$81K
Salary $34,606 - $67,165
Bonus $49.66 - $5,034
Profit Sharing $2,000
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$34,656 - $81,887
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 503
Hourly Data $0$75
Hourly Rate $16.59 - $75.76
Overtime $7.97 - $48.48
Annual Data $0$81K
Bonus $49.66 - $5,034
Profit Sharing $2,000
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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$34,656 - $81,887
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 231

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Job Description for Marriage / Family Therapist

The duty of a marriage/family therapist is to counsel individuals and treat patients. The individual would counsel couples and families regarding a wide range of possible psychological issues relating to their personal relationships.

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Marriage / Family Therapist Tasks

  • Manage caseload and documentation
  • Provide individual, couple, family and group therapy
  • Develop and implement individualized treatment plans addressing family relationship problems
  • Assess, diagnose and counsel individuals, couples and families
  • Facilitate and lead group and education sessions

Common Career Paths for Marriage / Family Therapist


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A lot of Marriage & Family Therapists move on to become Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, that group gets paid a slightly higher $53K on average. A common career progression for a Marriage & Family Therapist is to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker or a Clinical Supervisor. Compared to Marriage & Family Therapists, the first group earns $4K more on average, and the second group earns $5K more.

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Popular Skills for Marriage / Family Therapist


Marriage & Family Therapists generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Eating Disorders, Clinical Psychology, Spanish Language, and Group Therapy are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 14 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Case Management, Counseling, and Emergency/Trauma. Most people familiar with Case Management also know Clinical Psychology.

Pay by Experience Level for Marriage / Family Therapist

Pay by Experience for a Marriage / Family Therapist has a positive trend. An entry-level Marriage / Family Therapist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 461 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Marriage / Family Therapist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 149 salaries. An experienced Marriage / Family Therapist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 73 salaries. A Marriage / Family Therapist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 32 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,231

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

Marriage & Family Therapists will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 23 percent. Marriage & Family Therapists will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+10 percent), Portland (+6 percent), Honolulu (+5 percent), and Philadelphia (+1 percent). When it comes to pay, smaller cities present little opportunity for Marriage & Family Therapists. With fewer than a million residents each, the three lowest-paying cities in the field are Pittsburgh, Denver, and Minneapolis, all offering salaries below the national rate. Employers also pay below the national average in Denver (23 percent lower) and Minneapolis (15 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Marriage / Family Therapist

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 91 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Marriage / Family Therapist Salaries

▲38%

▲22%

▲6%

National Average
$48,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Marriage / Family Therapist Salaries

Eating Disorders
▲14%



National Average
$48,000

Group Therapy
▼1%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
▼4%


▼6%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 91 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
no benefits
None: 29%
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