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Clinical Director Salary

Clinical Directors who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up close to three-fifths of Clinical Directors. Pay fluctuates from $48K to $113K per year, but expected earnings average $70K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $11K and $26K, respectively — total cash payment to Clinical Directors can bottom out near $48K or peak near $113K depending on individual performance. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While some workers in this profession — about a fifth — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and the larger part have dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Female Clinical Directors make up most of the survey respondents at 75 percent. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$48,722 - $108,786
(Median)
$49K
$70K
$110K
MEDIAN: $70,396
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$19.60 - $57.66
(Median)
$20
$31
$58
MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,722 - $108,786  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,074  
Profit Sharing
$193.92 - $25,976  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$48,063 - $112,908  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,219
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.60 - $57.66  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $52.72  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,074  
   
Profit Sharing
$193.92 - $25,976  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$48,063 - $112,908  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 133

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Job Description for Clinical Director

A clinical director is responsible for overseeing and developing an organization's clinical departments through tasks such as hiring, evaluating, scheduling, and supervision. These professionals must come up with strategies to allow for continued growth and provide clinical training to their staff and interns. A clinical director should be able to solve problems quickly and effectively using excellent critical thinking skills.

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Clinical Director Tasks

  • Manage program development, fiscal budget and performance improvement.
  • Maintain medical records and all other care related documentation.
  • Plan, develop, coordinate and supervise the delivery of patient care services.
  • Hire, manage and train all internal employees.

Common Career Paths for Clinical Director


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As Clinical Directors transition into upper-level roles like Executive Directors, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Executive Directors earn the same amount as Clinical Directors on average. It is not uncommon for a Clinical Director to continue on to become a Clinical Services Director or a Clinical Psychologist.

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Popular Skills for Clinical Director


Survey results imply that Clinical Directors put a diverse skill set to use. Lucky workers who know BCBA can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 21 percent above average. Budget Management and People Management are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 9 percent and 21 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Counseling and Program Management. Those proficient in Clinical Supervision are, more often than not, also skilled in Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Clinical Directors do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $63K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $67K. Clinical Directors see a median salary of $74K after reaching one to two decades on the job. As Clinical Directors reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $79K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Clinical Directors, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 42 percent above the national average. Clinical Directors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+38 percent), Houston (+22 percent), Los Angeles (+21 percent), and Minneapolis (+15 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Memphis, 12 percent below the national average. Employers in Charlotte and Atlanta also lean toward paying below-median salaries (9 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

Clinical Director Reviews

What is it like working as a Clinical Director?

Clinical Director in Liverpool:
"Challenging."
Pros: Helping clients obtain healthier coping skills in life to maintain a drug free lifestyle.
Cons: Micromanage by my boss. No trust is given.

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Experience Affects Clinical Director Salaries



National Average
$70,000



Skills That Affect Clinical Director Salaries

BCBA
up arrow 21%


Budget Management
up arrow 9%


Clinical Supervision
up arrow 2%

Clinical Psychology
up arrow 1%

Training Program Development
0%

National Average
$70,000

Program Management
up arrow 3%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 263 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 21%
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