Average Family Therapist Salary
$47,000 yearly
$16.79 hourly
Updated July 28, 2021
$35,000
10 %
$47,000
Median
$63,000
90 %
Family therapists in the United States make an average salary of $47,413 per year or $22.79 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $35,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $63,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Alaska, West Virginia, Illinois, New York, and Wisconsin provide the highest family therapist salaries.

Average Family Therapist Salary By State

The darker areas on the map show where family therapists earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

Family Therapist average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Alabama
Alabama
$45,951
$45,951
$22.09
$22.09
Alaska
Alaska
$58,385
$58,385
$28.07
$28.07
Arizona
Arizona
$43,903
$43,903
$21.11
$21.11
Arkansas
Arkansas
$38,522
$38,522
$18.52
$18.52
California
California
$44,642
$44,642
$21.46
$21.46
Colorado
Colorado
$50,390
$50,390
$24.23
$24.23
Connecticut
Connecticut
$50,840
$50,840
$24.44
$24.44
Delaware
Delaware
$51,247
$51,247
$24.64
$24.64
District of Columbia
District of Columbia
$50,940
$50,940
$24.49
$24.49
Florida
Florida
$39,241
$39,241
$18.87
$18.87
Georgia
Georgia
$39,747
$39,747
$19.11
$19.11
Hawaii
Hawaii
$48,611
$48,611
$23.37
$23.37
Idaho
Idaho
$50,115
$50,115
$24.09
$24.09
Illinois
Illinois
$55,624
$55,624
$26.74
$26.74
Indiana
Indiana
$52,106
$52,106
$25.05
$25.05
Iowa
Iowa
$39,107
$39,107
$18.80
$18.80
Kansas
Kansas
$37,763
$37,763
$18.16
$18.16
Kentucky
Kentucky
$52,366
$52,366
$25.18
$25.18
Louisiana
Louisiana
$41,370
$41,370
$19.89
$19.89
Maine
Maine
$52,730
$52,730
$25.35
$25.35
Maryland
Maryland
$48,098
$48,098
$23.12
$23.12
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
$50,886
$50,886
$24.46
$24.46
Michigan
Michigan
$43,841
$43,841
$21.08
$21.08
Minnesota
Minnesota
$49,801
$49,801
$23.94
$23.94
Mississippi
Mississippi
$46,731
$46,731
$22.47
$22.47
Missouri
Missouri
$47,398
$47,398
$22.79
$22.79
Montana
Montana
$43,674
$43,674
$21.00
$21.00
Nebraska
Nebraska
$47,873
$47,873
$23.02
$23.02
Nevada
Nevada
$45,897
$45,897
$22.07
$22.07
New Hampshire
New Hampshire
$49,432
$49,432
$23.77
$23.77
New Jersey
New Jersey
$43,328
$43,328
$20.83
$20.83
New Mexico
New Mexico
$39,464
$39,464
$18.97
$18.97
New York
New York
$54,667
$54,667
$26.28
$26.28
North Carolina
North Carolina
$45,880
$45,880
$22.06
$22.06
North Dakota
North Dakota
$51,129
$51,129
$24.58
$24.58
Ohio
Ohio
$46,322
$46,322
$22.27
$22.27
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
$38,557
$38,557
$18.54
$18.54
Oregon
Oregon
$46,663
$46,663
$22.43
$22.43
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
$52,560
$52,560
$25.27
$25.27
Rhode Island
Rhode Island
$50,226
$50,226
$24.15
$24.15
South Carolina
South Carolina
$43,490
$43,490
$20.91
$20.91
South Dakota
South Dakota
$43,305
$43,305
$20.82
$20.82
Tennessee
Tennessee
$39,464
$39,464
$18.97
$18.97
Texas
Texas
$43,808
$43,808
$21.06
$21.06
Utah
Utah
$47,748
$47,748
$22.96
$22.96
Vermont
Vermont
$45,883
$45,883
$22.06
$22.06
Virginia
Virginia
$47,940
$47,940
$23.05
$23.05
Washington
Washington
$46,419
$46,419
$22.32
$22.32
West Virginia
West Virginia
$55,635
$55,635
$26.75
$26.75
Wisconsin
Wisconsin
$53,042
$53,042
$25.50
$25.50
Wyoming
Wyoming
$46,987
$46,987
$22.59
$22.59

Highest Paying Cities For Family Therapist

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Chicago, IL
Chicago, IL
$55,915
$55,915
$26.88
$26.88
New York, NY
New York, NY
$54,735
$54,735
$26.31
$26.31
Milwaukee, WI
Milwaukee, WI
$53,180
$53,180
$25.57
$25.57
Pittsburgh, PA
Pittsburgh, PA
$52,235
$52,235
$25.11
$25.11
Newark, DE
Newark, DE
$51,356
$51,356
$24.69
$24.69
New Haven, CT
New Haven, CT
$50,840
$50,840
$24.44
$24.44

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    How Much Do Family Therapists Make In Different Industries?

    As we previously stated, family therapist salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that non profits, government, and health care companies tend to offer much higher salaries for family therapists. For example, family therapists make a whopping average salary of $49,115 while working for non profits companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $46,678 at government companies and $44,740 at health care companies. But family therapists may want to avoid working in the education industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $44,406.
    IndustryAvg. SalaryRange
    1. Non Profits
    $49,115
    $38k
    $54k
    2. Government
    $46,678
    $38k
    $54k
    3. Health Care
    $44,740
    $38k
    $54k
    4. Education
    $44,406
    $38k
    $54k

    High Paying Family Therapist Jobs

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Substance Abuse Counselor

    Avg. salary: $42,499

    Substance abuse counselors act as a support system for people with drug and alcohol problems and other behavioral issues. They help the patients control their behavior until they achieve a full recovery. The mental health counselors aid patients to overcome their chemical dependencies and become self-sufficient individuals. Part of their duty includes meeting clients to evaluate their health and substance issues while creating goals and treatment plans. They teach clients coping mechanisms, refer them to support groups, and engage them in group therapy sessions. Once the patient is stable, they help them re-establish their careers and give updates and reports of progress to the courts. Requirements for the job include a master's degree in counseling and social work.
    54,187 Substance Abuse Counselor Jobs
    Intensive In-Home Counselor

    Avg. salary: $38,169

    An Intensive In-Home Counselor conducts individual counseling sessions for parents and deals with delicate issues like sexual addiction. They also prepare progress reports for clients.
    87,680 Intensive In-Home Counselor Jobs
    Mental Health Professional

    Avg. salary: $42,689

    The duties of a mental health professional will revolve around observing the behavior of patients. They are responsible for knowing their medical history, conducting consultations and assessments, diagnosing conditions, devising particular treatments and prescribing medication, and providing emotional support to patients. Furthermore, a mental health professional must coordinate with families and other mental health experts to monitor patients' behavior and develop care plans to help them in their road to recovery.
    100,354 Mental Health Professional Jobs
    Alcohol And Drug Counselor

    Avg. salary: $41,413

    A drug alcohol counselor treats addicts in either one-on-one or group settings. They help by educating and developing possible treatment plans for patients to support them in coping with their addictive personalities. A drug and alcohol counselor will evaluate to determine the progress has been successfully made towards recovery. They help patients better understand and overcome their addictions. Counselors help through offering support, rehabilitation, and guidance by using various techniques. Drug alcohol counselors seek to help an addict find the source of their addiction.
    52,895 Alcohol And Drug Counselor Jobs
    Licensed Social Worker

    Avg. salary: $55,840

    Licensed Social Workers are duly and legally recognized to carry out activities related to social work. They identify individuals or groups of people in need and assess what kind of help they require. They may assist these people in connecting to agencies that would cater to their needs. Licensed Social Workers also help people cope with their challenges. They are responsible for crafting treatment plans or well-being improvement plans for the individuals they help. They may also be called on during times of crisis to provide emotional support to the individuals involved.
    72,533 Licensed Social Worker Jobs
    Mental Health Counselor

    Avg. salary: $39,813

    A mental health counselor is responsible for helping patients deal with their emotional and mental disorders by developing treatment plans and conducting regular counseling to track the patient's progress and condition. Mental health counselors encourage active communication from their patients, provide coping strategies for triggering situations, seek advice from other health care professionals, and guide patients on doing other activities that would help them relax. A mental health counselor must have excellent knowledge of the mental health disciplines to assist patients in their healthy lifestyle development.
    93,305 Mental Health Counselor Jobs

    Which Companies Pay Family Therapists The Most?

    To earn a high income as a family therapist, working for Magellan Health or Providence Health & Services might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like San Ysidro Health Center and Good Shepherd Services report highly competitive wages for family therapists.
    Company

    Recently Added Family Therapist Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Family Based Therapists
    Family Based Therapists
    State College, PA
    State College, PA
    06/27/2021
    06/27/2021
    $37,149
    $37,149
    06/27/2021
    Family Therapist
    Family Therapist
    Chicago, IL
    Chicago, IL
    06/23/2021
    06/23/2021
    $50,000
    $50,000
    06/23/2021
    Therapist-Functional Family Therapy (FFT)-Bilingual
    Therapist-Functional Family Therapy (FFT)-Bilingual
    Houston, TX
    Houston, TX
    06/17/2021
    06/17/2021
    $57,601
    $57,601
    06/17/2021
    Youth and Family Post-Adoption Therapist
    Youth and Family Post-Adoption Therapist
    Granite City, IL
    Granite City, IL
    06/11/2021
    06/11/2021
    $37,000
    $37,000
    06/11/2021
    State of North Dakota
    State of North Dakota
    Family and Children Therapist
    Family and Children Therapist
    Family and Children Therapist
    Grand Forks, ND
    Grand Forks, ND
    05/22/2021
    05/22/2021
    $66,516
    $66,516
    05/22/2021
    State of North Dakota
    State of North Dakota
    Family and Children Therapist
    Family and Children Therapist
    Family and Children Therapist
    Grand Forks, ND
    Grand Forks, ND
    05/22/2021
    05/22/2021
    $66,516
    $66,516
    05/22/2021
    Spanish Speaking Family Therapist
    Spanish Speaking Family Therapist
    Chicago, IL
    Chicago, IL
    05/11/2021
    05/11/2021
    $50,000
    $50,000
    05/11/2021
    Spanish Speaking Family Therapist
    Spanish Speaking Family Therapist
    Chicago, IL
    Chicago, IL
    05/11/2021
    05/11/2021
    $50,000
    $50,000
    05/11/2021
    Crisis Therapist-Working With Youth and Families
    Crisis Therapist-Working With Youth and Families
    Concord, CA
    Concord, CA
    05/09/2021
    05/09/2021
    $60,500
    $60,500
    05/09/2021
    Crisis Therapist-Working With Youth and Families
    Crisis Therapist-Working With Youth and Families
    Concord, CA
    Concord, CA
    05/09/2021
    05/09/2021
    $60,500
    $60,500
    05/09/2021

    Average Family Therapist Salary by Demographic

    Family Therapist Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $43,914
    female-income
    Female Income
    $42,901
    Median Family Therapist Income by Race
    Hispanic or latino family therapists have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american family therapists have the lowest average salary at $41,855.
    $45,000
    $44,000
    $43,000
    $42,000
    $41,000
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Unknown
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$43,083
    Black or African American$41,855
    Asian$43,836
    Unknown$43,859
    Hispanic or Latino$44,405
    Average Family Therapist Salary by Education Level
    Family therapists with a Doctorate degree earn more than those without, at $50,035 annually. With a Masters degree, family therapists earn a median annual income of $42,901 compared to $34,843 for family therapists with an Bachelors degree.
    $51,000
    $47,000
    $43,000
    $39,000
    $35,000
    $31,000
    Bachelor's Degree
    Master's Degree
    Doctorate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    Bachelor's Degree$34,843
    Master's Degree$42,901
    Doctorate Degree$50,035