Salary for Marriage and Family Therapists

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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 can earn average salaries of between $33,140 - $92,930 based on experience and domain knowledge. usually receive a salary of fifty-six thousand eight hundred and ninety dollars yearly.

are compensated most highly in Utah, where they can earn an average pay rate of close to about $80,110. People in this job function can make the highest salaries in Public Administration, where they receive average pay levels of $74,620.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 30.26 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

Marriage and Family Therapists tend to make the most in the following industries:

Public Administration
$74,620
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$69,870
Educational Services
$57,960
Health Care and Social Assistance
$54,890
Other Services (except Public Administration)
$50,540
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$44,690

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$44,690
Other Services (except Public Administration)
$50,540
Health Care and Social Assistance
$54,890
Educational Services
$57,960
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$69,870
Public Administration
$74,620