Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Marriage and Family Therapists currently employed in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin is 2,080.
  • Marriage and Family Therapists in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin earn an average of $55,200 per year or $26.54 per hour.
  • The percentage of Illinois Marriage and Family Therapists who work in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin is 82%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Marriage and Family Therapists who work in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin is 4%.

Rankings for Chicago-Naperville-Elgin

  • Ranks #1 in Illinois for salary and #1 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #1 in Illinois for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #79 in the nation for salary and #35 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #5 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to Illinois

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin Marriage and Family Therapists earn an average of $55,200 or $26.54 per hour which is 3% more than the Illinois average salary of $53,560.

AverageChicago-Naperville-ElginIllinois% Difference
Hourly Wage$26.54$25.753.07%
Annual Salary$55,200$53,5603.06%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin Marriage and Family Therapists earn an average of $55,200 or $26.54 per hour which is 7% less than the U.S. average salary of $59,660.

AverageChicago-Naperville-ElginU.S.%
Hourly Wage$26.54$28.69-7.49%
Annual Salary$55,200$59,660-7.48%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Salary Adjusted for Cost-of-Living

When adjusted for cost-of-living, Marriage and Family Therapists in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin earns an average annual salary of $52,647 which compares to the Illinois average annual salary of $53,560. per year.

Cost-of-living in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin is 5% higher than the Illinois average, which means Chicago-Naperville-Elgin residents have an overall higher cost for food, housing, utilities and transportation compared to Illinois average.

  • Illinois average salary is $53,560.
  • Illinois cost-of-living adjusted salary is $53,304.
  • Chicago-Naperville-Elgin average salary is $55,200.
  • Chicago-Naperville-Elgin cost-of-living adjusted salary is $52,647.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin$55,200104.85%$52,647
Illinois$53,560100.48%$53,304
U.S.$59,660$59,660
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Salary Ranges for Education and Experience

In Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, 50% of Marriage and Family Therapists earn between $39,830 and $60,670 a year, depending on factors such as level of education, experience, location and place of employment.

About 10% of Marriage and Family Therapists earn more than $102,580, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Marriage and Family Therapists.

Approximately 10% of Marriage and Family Therapists earn under $36,910, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Marriage and Family Therapists.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year208Under $36,910
15%2 – 4 years312$36,910 – $39,830
25%5 – 9 years520$39,830 – $48,290
25%10 – 14 years520$48,290 – $60,670
15%15 – 20 years312$48,290 – $102,580
10%20+ years208Above $102,580
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Salary Compared to Related Professions

With an average annual salary of $55,200, Chicago-Naperville-Elgin Marriage and Family Therapists tend to earn less than Forensic Psychologists ($103,430), Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($102,580), Psychology Teachers ($87,090), School Psychologists ($77,460), Health Care Social Workers ($62,870), and Social Workers ($57,170).

However, Marriage and Family Therapists tend to earn more than Substance Abuse Counselors ($54,460).

TitleAnnual Salary
Forensic Psychologists$103,430
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$102,580
Psychology Teachers$87,090
School Psychologists$77,460
Health Care Social Workers$62,870
Social Workers$57,170
Marriage and Family Therapists$55,200
Substance Abuse Counselors$54,460
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Chicago-Naperville-Elgin Marriage and Family Therapists

The number of Marriage and Family Therapists currently employed in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin is 2,080.

Marriage and Family Therapists earn an average of $55,200 per year or $26.54 per hour in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin Marriage and Family Therapists earn an average of $52,647 per year or $25 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin are Forensic Psychologists($103,430), Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($102,580), Psychology Teachers($87,090).


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