How Much Do Marriage Family Therapists Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Marriage and Family Therapists

Marriage and Family Therapists diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders, whether cognitive, affective, or behavioral, within the context of marriage and family systems. Apply psychotherapeutic and family systems theories and techniques in the delivery of services to individuals, couples, and families for the purpose of treating such diagnosed nervous and mental disorders.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$56890 per year
Hourly wage
$27 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$33,140 to $39,130 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$16 to $19 per hour

Entry-level Marriage and Family Therapists with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $33,140 to $39,130 per year or $16 to $19 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Marriage and Family Therapists to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $45 $92,930
Senior (Top 25%) $33 $68,020
Middle (Mid 50%) $25 $51,340
Junior (Bottom 25%) $19 $39,130
No experience (Bottom 10%) $16 $33,140

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
UT $39 $80,110
NJ $38 $78,960
IL $33 $67,650
HI $32 $65,880
OK $31 $65,050
MN $31 $63,700
NV $29 $61,120
IA $29 $60,970
CO $28 $58,950
ME $28 $58,540

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Marriage and Family Therapist is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like UT doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at UT might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Marriage Family Therapists are in the states of UT, NJ, IL, HI and OK.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
State Government $78010 $37.51
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $71110 $34.19
Management of Companies and Enterprises $69870 $33.59
Outpatient Care Centers $62740 $30.16
Local Government $62390 $29.99
Child Day Care Services $61710 $29.67
Offices of Physicians $61210 $29.43
Elementary and Secondary Schools $57850 $27.81
Educational Support Services $57690 $27.73
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities $57620 $27.70
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals $55290 $26.58
Home Health Care Services $53520 $25.73
Individual and Family Services $52320 $25.15
Offices of Other Health Practitioners $51860 $24.93
Other Residential Care Facilities $49200 $23.66
Religious Organizations $48970 $23.54
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services $46850 $22.53
Vocational Rehabilitation Services $44780 $21.53

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