Marriage counselors’ earnings are dependent on the region in which they work. State requirements vary; some states require marriage and family therapists to hold at least a master’s degree in order to practice, others do not require any credentials for therapists working in public or non-profit clinics. Wages also depend on the counselor’s individual credentials and education level and whether they are starting out in their own practice or working for a clinic. Those with specialties (for example, LGBTQ relationships) may earn higher wages. At the outset, a new therapist with a bachelor’s degree might earn around $15.00-$19.00 hourly, whereas a master’s degree therapist in a private practice (their own or someone else’s) could earn wages as high as $80000 annually.