Whether a particular therapist is a couples therapist, family counselor, or a psychotherapist specializing in a unique niche, they’ve likely entered their career with one goal in mind: to help people improve their lives.
There is no typical therapist salary, as they depend on education, training, and particular clinical specialties, but in general therapists salaries fall within the range of \$40,000 and \$90,000 . Although there are therapists who make both less and more.
Below, I’ve listed salaries for various specializations along with four crucial tips to help any therapist increase their salary.
Salaries for Various Therapy Jobs
Behavioral Disorder Counselor: $47,660 per year // 22.91 per hour
Clinical Psychologist: $79,820 // 38.37 per hour
Genetic Counselors: $85,700 per year // $41.20 per hour
Industrial-Organizational Psychologists: $96,270 // $46.28 per hour
Marriage & Family Therapists: $51,340 per year // $24.69 per hour
Mental Health Counselors: $47,660 per year // 22.91 per hour
Psychologists: $82,180 per year // $39.51 per hour
Recreational Therapist: $47,710 per year // 22.94 per hour
Rehabilitation Counselors: $37,530 per year // $18.05 per hour
School and Career Counselors: $58,120 per year // $27.94 per hour
Social Worker: $51,760 // $24.88 per hour
Substance Abuse Counselor: $47,660 per year // 22.91 per hour
*All salaries below are taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics; they display median pay and reflect the year 2020 unless otherwise stated.
But How Much do Private Practice Therapists Make?
Salaries for Private Practice therapists vary wildly. Some articles report an average salary of $150,000 per year, while others claim that a licensed professional counselor working in Cambridge, MA, grosses $39,778 annually. The truth is somewhere in the middle.
Based on user-submitted data Indeed.com reports that Licensed Professional Counselors earn, on average, $61,232 annually.
But averages only say so much.
Go to the BLS page for mental health counselors we can see that salaries differ quite depending on state, sector, and years of experience.