Average Mental Health Therapist Salary

$44,938
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$1,221
Bonus
$13,114
Commission
$509
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The average salary for a Mental Health Therapist is $44,938.
10%
$35k
MEDIAN
$45k
90%
$61k
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$35k - $61k
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$35k - $66k
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What Do Mental Health Therapists Do?

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.

Job Satisfaction for Mental Health Therapist

3.8 out of 5
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The top respondents for the job title Mental Health Therapist are from the companies Centerstone, Catholic Charities and Community Reach Center. Reported salaries are highest at Community Health Network where the average pay is $54,963. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Pacific Clinics and Community Reach Center, earning around $50,205 and $45,249, respectively. Centerstone pays the lowest at around $36,342. Heartland Family Service and Catholic Charities also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $39,225 and $42,532, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Mental Health Therapists?

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

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Mental Health Therapists?

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 $40,241 based on 160 salaries. An early career Mental Health Therapist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $42,930 based on 2,103 salaries. A mid-career Mental Health Therapist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $48,215 based on 874 salaries. An experienced Mental Health Therapist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $50,155 based on 542 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $50,647.
Employees with Mental Health Therapist in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 20.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Seattle, Washington (12.2% more) and Minneapolis, Minnesota (2.3% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (9.0% less), Chicago, Illinois (8.9% less) and Indianapolis, Indiana (4.4% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 3,967 survey responses.
Entry Level
4.0%
Early Career
53.0%
Mid Career
22.0%
Experienced
13.7%
Late Career
7.3%