Family Therapy Salary
Jobs in the family therapy field have a reputation for being extremely lucrative and financially rewarding. However, this is not the reason for which a person should choose this particular job. A person who will truly be successful in the family therapy field is someone who loves the job and the people that he or she comes into contact with and helps on a daily basis. Family therapists who are in it just for the money will find the profession to be emotionally draining and incredibly difficult. In short, it is important for a family therapist to enter into the career for the right reasons, not just for the financial rewards.
Salaries within the family therapist area vary greatly depending on where a practitioner works and the level of education that he or she has. The pay rates are, however, consistently high across the board. This article will list a few of the career areas in which a family therapist might work and the average rate of pay for that position, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
As of May 2008, the time of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ last study, family therapists made a combined average salary of $44,590. Those at the higher end of this spectrum made up to $70,830 or more, while those at the lower end made less than $27,810. Most earned an average of at least $34,840 but not exceeding $56,320. As mentioned earlier, however, salaries varied widely based on where the person was employed an on his or her level of education. Those working for state government agencies made an average of $50,770, while those working for local government agencies made an average of $48,200. Family therapists employed in outpatient care centers brought home $46,830 while others in the health practitioner field made $41,220. Finally, those working in individual and family services made an average of $39,690.
As a final note, it is important to understand that a career in family therapy is not a way to “get rich quick.” The best paying jobs in the field require constant hard work and dedication. The educational process required for securing these jobs is intensive and can take anywhere from 4 to 8 years or longer. Obviously, then, only those who are serious about pursuing a career in family therapy for the right reasons should begin taking steps toward becoming a family therapist.