Updated August 18, 2021
Average Mental Health Therapist Salary
$46,000 yearly
$22.29 hourly

Entry level Salary
$35,000 yearly
$35,000
10 %
$46,000
Median
$60,000
90 %
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PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$60,000
$5,000
$29
75th Percentile
$53,000
$4,417
$25
Average
$46,360
$3,863
$22
25th Percentile
$40,000
$3,333
$19
10th Percentile
$35,000
$2,917
$17

Average Mental Health Therapist Salary By State

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Mental Health Therapist average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdescJob Countascdesc
Alabama
$32,844
$15.79
Alaska
$48,151
$23.15
Arizona
$39,320
$18.90
Arkansas
$37,268
$17.92
California
$58,911
$28.32
Colorado
$49,144
$23.63
Connecticut
$51,829
$24.92
Delaware
$55,331
$26.60
District of Columbia
$59,939
$28.82
Florida
$34,679
$16.67
Georgia
$34,093
$16.39
Hawaii
$38,238
$18.38
Idaho
$45,001
$21.64
Illinois
$48,185
$23.17
Indiana
$40,848
$19.64
Iowa
$47,596
$22.88
Kansas
$37,663
$18.11
Kentucky
$32,283
$15.52
Louisiana
$39,981
$19.22
Maine
$43,276
$20.81
Maryland
$44,794
$21.54
Massachusetts
$37,084
$17.83
Michigan
$43,253
$20.79
Minnesota
$45,374
$21.81
Mississippi
$40,324
$19.39
Missouri
$37,821
$18.18
Montana
$38,926
$18.71
Nebraska
$35,301
$16.97
Nevada
$59,158
$28.44
New Hampshire
$48,805
$23.46
New Jersey
$54,298
$26.10
New Mexico
$41,686
$20.04
New York
$52,894
$25.43
North Carolina
$52,749
$25.36
North Dakota
$57,501
$27.64
Ohio
$38,491
$18.51
Oklahoma
$35,897
$17.26
Oregon
$48,870
$23.50
Pennsylvania
$35,456
$17.05
Rhode Island
$45,857
$22.05
South Carolina
$34,472
$16.57
South Dakota
$49,584
$23.84
Tennessee
$32,978
$15.85
Texas
$41,623
$20.01
Utah
$47,692
$22.93
Vermont
$37,345
$17.95
Virginia
$53,640
$25.79
Washington
$51,388
$24.71
West Virginia
$46,127
$22.18
Wisconsin
$38,323
$18.42
Wyoming
$31,785
$15.28

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Highest Paying Cities For Mental Health Therapist

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Campbell, CA
$61,473
$29.55
Washington, DC
$59,988
$28.84
Camden, NJ
$55,396
$26.63
Oakton, VA
$54,072
$26.00
Vancouver, WA
$51,721
$24.87
Medford, OR
$51,405
$24.71

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How much does a Mental Health Therapist make?

The average mental health therapist salary is $46,360 per year, or $22.29 per hour, in the United States. 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 $60,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Nevada, California, North Dakota, Delaware, and New Jersey provide the highest mental health therapist salaries.

Average Mental Health Therapist Salary Over Time

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Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $46,400
    $22.29
    +3.5%
    2020
    $44,700
    $21.50
    +1.3%
    2019
    $44,100
    $21.22
    +1.2%
    2018
    $43,600
    $20.96
    +1.9%
    2017
    $42,800
    $20.57
    +1.0%

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Clinician

    Avg. salary: $56,520

    A clinician specializes in providing diagnosis, treatment, and direct care to patients with different illnesses. A clinician's duties mainly revolve around conducting extensive research and analysis, providing medical care through various therapies, and improving one's overall health condition. Furthermore, a clinician must obtain and analyze a patient's complete medical history, provide diagnostic tests, always monitor the effects of treatment on a patient, provide prognosis and consider the overall impact on a patient's health and well-being.
    41,905 Clinician Jobs
    Licensed Professional Counselor

    Avg. salary: $98,502

    A licensed professional counselor is a healthcare professional who specializes in providing therapy and counseling to patients with emotional and mental health issues. They listen to their patients and utilize various techniques to address concerns and help through the healing procedures. Their duties entail conducting interviews and evaluations, performing research and assessments, studying the patients' medical histories, providing consultations, and developing treatment plans that suit every patients' needs. Additionally, a licensed professional counselor monitors and records their patients' progress, adjusting treatments and medications as necessary.
    91,206 Licensed Professional Counselor Jobs
    Counselor/Art Therapist

    Avg. salary: $85,371

    A counselor/art therapist is responsible for conducting art sessions as part of patients' therapy treatments, letting them express their human nature and emotions through artistic discovery. Counselors/art therapists guide the patients throughout their recovery process, identifying their needs and conditions by analyzing their crafts. A counselor/art therapist coordinates with other medical professionals to deliver quality care services for the patients, monitor their progress, record observations, and instructing patients in art activities to discover their maximum potential.
    68,690 Counselor/Art Therapist Jobs
    Primary Therapist

    Avg. salary: $48,118

    Primary therapists are the main point of contact for patients concerning wellness and overall mental health. Those who choose this career path will be expected to supervise and manage efficient treatment according to plan, and to manage between six and eight patients at a time, keeping in constant communication with these patients and various specialists.
    87,804 Primary Therapist Jobs
    Therapist

    Avg. salary: $51,305

    A therapist is responsible for improving the patients' health conditions by evaluating their needs and providing physical and mental support. Therapists are licensed, medical professionals who specialize in different areas to perform treatments and bring relief to patients. Some of their duties include diagnosing patient's problems, performing counseling services, monitoring medication progress, customizing therapy activities for pain management, and consulting other health professionals as needed. Therapists must have extensive knowledge with the medical industry to detect patients' conditions easily and provide effective medications.
    125,893 Therapist Jobs
    Outpatient Physical Therapist

    Avg. salary: $54,047

    An outpatient physical therapist specializes in diagnosing and treating a patient's movement dysfunction often caused by an illness or injury. Their responsibilities revolve around studying a patient's medical history, performing initial assessments, crafting a specific care and treatment plan, and discussing the extent of treatments with patients and their families. An outpatient physical therapist may also provide advice to families or guardians on how to assist and care for patients at home, prescribe medication, and perform follow-up consultations.
    81,601 Outpatient Physical Therapist Jobs
    Job TitleascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly RateascdescJob Openingsascdesc
    Clinician
    $56,521
    $4,710
    $27.17
    41,905
    Licensed Professional Counselor
    $98,502
    $8,209
    $47.36
    91,206
    Counselor/Art Therapist
    $85,372
    $7,114
    $41.04
    68,690
    Primary Therapist
    $48,119
    $4,010
    $23.13
    87,804
    Therapist
    $51,306
    $4,275
    $24.67
    125,893
    Outpatient Physical Therapist
    $54,047
    $4,504
    $25.98
    81,601
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    Mental Health Therapist Salaries By Years Of Experience

    The salary for a mental health therapist can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

    Which Companies Pay Mental Health Therapists The Most?

    To earn a high income as a mental health therapist, working for Magellan Health or Prince William County might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like Arlington County and Mental Health America report highly competitive wages for mental health therapists.
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    Recently Added Mental Health Therapist Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Mental Health Center of Denver
    Mental Health Therapist II-License Preferred
    Mental Health Therapist II-License Preferred
    Denver, CO
    08/31/2021
    $45,914
    08/31/2021
    Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing Services
    Mental Health Therapist-Master's Level (FBH Clinician III)
    Mental Health Therapist-Master's Level (FBH Clinician III)
    Portland, OR
    08/31/2021
    $54,659
    08/31/2021
    Seneca Center
    Bilingual School-Based Mental Health Therapist (MFT, MSW, PCC)
    Bilingual School-Based Mental Health Therapist (MFT, MSW, PCC)
    San Francisco, CA
    08/31/2021
    $60,500
    08/31/2021
    Aledade
    Mental Health Therapist
    Mental Health Therapist
    Tooele, UT
    08/31/2021
    $48,001
    08/31/2021
    Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing Services
    Mental Health Therapist-Bachelor's (FBH Clinician I)
    Mental Health Therapist-Bachelor's (FBH Clinician I)
    Tacoma, WA
    08/31/2021
    $60,293
    08/31/2021
    AMFM Healthcare
    Mental Health Therapist/Social Worker
    Mental Health Therapist/Social Worker
    San Juan Capistrano, CA
    08/30/2021
    $55,000
    08/30/2021
    American Psychological Association
    Licensed Mental Health Therapist
    Licensed Mental Health Therapist
    Burbank, CA
    08/30/2021
    $75,000
    08/30/2021
    Pacific Clinics
    Mental Health Therapist I
    Mental Health Therapist I
    Los Angeles, CA
    08/29/2021
    $58,240
    08/29/2021
    Volunteers of America-Utah
    Therapist-Mental Health--Paid
    Therapist-Mental Health--Paid
    Salt Lake City, UT
    08/29/2021
    $56,349
    08/29/2021
    Familylinks
    Mobile Mental Health Therapist
    Mobile Mental Health Therapist
    Pittsburgh, PA
    08/28/2021
    $43,080
    08/28/2021

    Average Mental Health Therapist Salary by Demographic

    Mental Health Therapist Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $44,188
    female-income
    Female Income
    $43,386
    Genderascdesc
    Incomeascdesc
    Male$44,188
    Female$43,386
    Median Mental Health Therapist Income by Race
    Asian mental health therapists have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american mental health therapists have the lowest average salary at $42,517.
    $50,000
    $40,000
    $30,000
    $20,000
    $10,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$42,766
    Black or African American$42,517
    Asian$45,650
    Hispanic or Latino$44,316
    Average Mental Health Therapist Salary by Education Level
    $55,000
    $44,000
    $33,000
    $22,000
    $11,000
    $0
    Master's Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    Master's Degree$50,613
    Bachelor's Degree$43,386