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 2017 was $53,860.

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 2017, the lowest paid 10 percent of MFTs in the U.S. earned less than $31,390 while the highest paid 10 percent earned more than $81,760.


Counseling Occupations Oregon Annual Mean Salary U.S. Annual Mean Salary Difference
Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors $61,370 $58,620 $2,750
Marriage and Family Therapists $50,350 $53,860 -$3,510
Mental Health Counselors $55,670 $46,560 $9,110
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors $57,420 $46,560 $10,860
Rehabilitation Counselors $43,360 $38,950 $8,500
Counselors, All Other $52,270 $47,600 $4,670

Source: May 2017 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