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Many marriage and family therapists work in private practice, like Salinger, and can establish their own hourly rate. Others are employed by hospitals, mental health and substance abuse centers, and nursing homes. According to the BLS, marriage and family therapists had a median salary of $46,670 in 2012. The highest-paid earn $75,120 a year, while the low earners might make about $25,540 per year. Are you looking to make the most money possible in this profession? The top-paying metropolitan areas include St. George, Utah, Fresno, Calif., and Atlantic City, N.J.

Job Salary Year
2004 $39,700.00
2006 $41,880.00
2008 $44,120.00
2010 $44,140.00
2012 $49,270.00

Average Marriage and Family Therapist Pay vs. All Health Care Jobs

A marriage and family therapist earns about $49,270, a mid-range salary compared with some other health care jobs. Professionals who do similar work, such as mental health counselors and substance abuse counselors, take home less in a year. However, clinical social workers tend to earn more than marriage and family therapists, making about $54,870 a year.

Job Name Salary
School Psychologist $67,650.00
Clinical Social Worker $49,830.00
Marriage and Family Therapist $46,670.00
Mental Health Counselor $40,080.00
Substance Abuse Counselor $38,520.00

Best Paying Cities for Marriage and Family Therapists

The highest paid in the marriage and family therapist profession work in the metropolitan areas of St. George, Utah, Fresno, Calif., and Atlantic City, N.J. The Newark, N.J. area also pays well, as does the city of Trenton, N.J.

St. George, Utah

Average Salary: $80,840 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a marriage and family therapist working in St. George, Utah is $80,840, which is $34,170 more than the average pay in the profession.

Fresno, Calif.

Average Salary: $70,580 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a marriage and family therapist working in Fresno, Calif. is $70,580, which is $23,910 more than the average pay in the profession.

Atlantic City, N.J.

Average Salary: $69,910 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a marriage and family therapist working in Atlantic City, N.J. is $69,910, which is $23,240 more than the average pay in the profession.

Newark, N.J.

Average Salary: $69,790 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a marriage and family therapist working in Newark, N.J. is $69,790, which is $23,120 more than the average pay in the profession.

Trenton, N.J.

Average Salary: $68,650 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a marriage and family therapist working in Trenton, N.J. is $68,650, which is $21,980 more than the average pay in the profession.

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