$43,301
Avg. Salary
$22.44
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$1,391

Profit Sharing

$1,000

Commission

$17,298

The average pay for a Mental Health Therapist is $22.44 per hour.

The average pay for a Mental Health Therapist is $43,301 per year.

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MEDIAN $43,301
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$16.01 - $35.67
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$0$63K
Salary $33,790 - $59,444
Bonus $241 - $5,152
Profit Sharing $203 - $2,959
Commission $17,298
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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$33,863 - $63,190
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 5 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,299
Hourly Data $0$45
Hourly Rate $16.01 - $35.67
Hourly Tips $2.13
Overtime $20.28 - $45.73
Annual Data $0$63K
Bonus $241 - $5,152
Commission $17,298
Profit Sharing $203 - $2,959
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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$33,863 - $63,190
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 5 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,233

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.

Mental Health Therapist Pay By Employer

$0$56K

Centerstone
18 profiles
$36,287

$41,785

Pacific Clinics
13 profiles
$49,385

$40,963

$39,590

$42,177

Great Circle
7 profiles
$38,000

$33,074

$42,833

$38,048

Common Career Paths for Mental Health Therapist


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At the upper end, Mental Health Therapists who move into a Clinical Director role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Clinical Directors is a much higher $72K per year. It is quite typical for Mental Health Therapists to transition into roles as Licensed Clinical Social Workers or Clinical Supervisors, where reported median earnings are $8K and $9K higher per year.

Mental Health Therapist Job Listings

Popular Skills for Mental Health Therapist


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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 25 percent, 19 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Crisis intervention, Individual therapy, and Assessment. For most people, competency in Case Management indicates knowledge of Clinical Psychology.

Pay by Experience Level for Mental Health Therapist

Pay by Experience for a Mental Health Therapist has a positive trend. An entry-level Mental Health Therapist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 1,477 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Mental Health Therapist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 611 salaries. An experienced Mental Health Therapist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 390 salaries. A Mental Health Therapist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 168 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,172

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

Mental Health Therapists will find that Los Angeles offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 16 percent. Mental Health Therapists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+16 percent), New York (+10 percent), Phoenix (+7 percent), and Portland (+6 percent). Trailing the national average by 19 percent, Pittsburgh is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Indianapolis and St. Louis (9 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

Mental Health Therapist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Mental Health Therapist?

Mental Health Therapist in St. Louis:
"Exciting and diverse."
Pros: Helping others find hope and healing.
Cons: Stress, paperwork, driving required to meet clients.

Mental Health Therapist in Monticello:
"Diversify your skill set."
Do not be afraid to change jobs. Having at least one year at a job is sufficient. Working with a broad cliental can make you more marketable.

Mental Health Therapist in Hillsboro:
Don't expect to be comfortable with bills with this salary.

Mental Health Therapist in Shoreview:
"Very stressfull."
Pros: The people.
Cons: The supervisor.

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.

Mental Health Therapist in Oak Park:
"The business details of the job."
Learn to do good therapy.

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Key Stats for Mental Health Therapist

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 610 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
7%

Experience Affects Mental Health Therapist Salaries

▲20%

▲13%

▲6%

National Average
$44,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Mental Health Therapist Salaries

Clinical Supervision
▲24%

Psychotherapy
▲18%



National Average
$44,000

Bilingual
▼1%

Counseling
▼3%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
▼3%

Group Therapy
▼3%


Patient Counseling
▼4%

Substance Abuse
▼6%

Family Therapy
▼7%

Assessment
▼10%

Individual therapy
▼12%

Crisis intervention
▼19%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 610 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
no benefits
None: 21%