Average Mental Health Therapist Salary

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The average salary for a Mental Health Therapist is $43,628.
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$34k - $60k
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$34k - $64k

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Job Description for Mental Health Therapist

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.
The top respondents for the job title Mental Health Therapist are from the companies Centerstone, Catholic Charities and Pacific Clinics. Reported salaries are highest at Behavioral Health Group where the average pay is $51,250. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Pacific Clinics and Universal Health Services, Inc., earning around $50,171 and $42,500, respectively. Centerstone pays the lowest at around $36,357. Adult and Child Mental Health and Aurora Mental Health Center also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $38,581 and $39,513, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Mental Health Therapist

Skills in Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, Group Therapy and Clinical Psychology are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Case Management and Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Mental Health Therapist

An entry-level Mental Health Therapist with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $39,674 based on 804 salaries. An early career Mental Health Therapist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $41,484 based on 2,441 salaries. A mid-career Mental Health Therapist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $46,889 based on 1,064 salaries. An experienced Mental Health Therapist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $49,406 based on 672 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $51,682.
Employees with Mental Health Therapist in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 18.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Seattle, Washington (13.0% more) and Minneapolis, Minnesota (2.8% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (14.9% less), Chicago, Illinois (5.2% less) and Indianapolis, Indiana (3.0% less).

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