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Salary for Marriage and Family Therapists

Also known as:  Child and Family Counselor, Couples Therapist, Family Counselor, Family Therapist, Marriage Counselor, Marriage Therapist, Relationship Counselor

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Licensed marriage and family therapists examine the interaction and structure of family and marital relationships, examining factors such as financial stress, home management and organization, child-rearing practices, and factors influencing divorce, separation and dissatisfaction with relationships. They may identify and assess the impact of cognitive, behavioral, and affective disorders afflicting one or more family members, and may consult with or refer clients to psychiatrists, legal professionals, and medical professionals as necessary. Their primary goal is to help all parties in relationships to achieve fulfillment in the relationship, and to determine and eliminate destuctive behaviors and dynamics. A Master's degree and additional licensing are required for this profession.

A Marriage or Family Therapist will normally receive a compensation between 32000 - 48000 based on experience and education levels. Marriage and Family Therapists will most likely earn wages of Forty Four Thousand Two Hundred dollars on a yearly basis.

Marriage and Family Therapists can expect the highest salaries in Hawaii, where they can receive average pay scales of close to about $74070. People in this career are paid the highest in Management of Companies and Enterprises, where they receive average pay levels of $65960.

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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 4.92 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Marriage and Family Therapists tend to make the most in the following industries
Finance and Insurance $65,960
Management of Companies and Enterprises $59,820
Public Administration $58,150
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $56,220
Educational Services $52,770
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $46,920
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Other Services (except Public Administration) $38,700
Health Care and Social Assistance $44,140
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $46,920
Educational Services $52,770
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $56,220
Public Administration $58,150