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 2016 was $54,090. 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 2016, the lowest paid 10% of MFTs in the U.S. earned less than $31,600 while the highest paid 10% earned more than $81,960.


Counseling Occupations Oregon Annual Mean Salary U.S. Annual Mean Salary Difference
Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors $57,380 $57,620 -$240
Marriage and Family Therapists $45,830 $54,090 -$8,260
Mental Health Counselors $55,670 $46,050 $9,620
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors $46,230 $44,150 $2,080
Rehabilitation Counselors $41,050 $38,740 $2,310
Counselors, All Other $48,830 $47,640 $1,190

Source: May 2016 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Bureau of Labor Statistics


U.S. Mean Annual Wage for Marriage and Family Therapists (USD)




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