Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Salary

How much do marriage and family therapists make? According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average salary of MFTs (also known as marriage and family counselors) in the United States in 2012 was $49,270. The table below compares the salaries of MFTs to other counseling occupations in Oregon and the U.S. As with all professions, individual earnings differ based on industry, geographic location, experience, education, and other factors. In 2012, the lowest paid 10% of MFTs in the U.S. earned less than $21,890 while the highest paid 10% earned more than $61,220.

Counseling Occupations Oregon Annual Mean Salary U.S. Annual Mean Salary Difference
Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors $53,420 $56,170 -$2,750
Marriage and Family Therapists $51,790 $49,270 $2,520
Mental Health Counselors $50,040 $43,290 $6,750
Counselors, All Other $44,780 $46,060 -$1,280
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors $43,870 $40,920 $2,950
Rehabilitation Counselors $39,080 $37,330 $1,750

Source: May 2012 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Historical Income for Marriage and Family Therapists

Graph of historical income for marriage and family therapists in the United States

Source: Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Raw Data

Year U.S. Mean Annual Wage
2003 $40,210
2004 $42,040
2005 $45,550
2006 $44,700
2007 $45,310
2008 $46,930
2009 $49,020
2010 $47,530
2011 $48,710
2012 $49,270

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