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Clinical Director Salary

The majority of Clinical Directors in the United States — three-fifths — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $48K to $113K per year, and the median is $70K annually. Cash earnings for Clinical Directors — including $11K in bonuses and $26K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $48K to $113K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Clinical Directors making up 75 percent. The majority of Clinical Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — around one in five lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and the larger part receive dental plans. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$48,804 - $108,018
(Median)
$49K
$70K
$110K
MEDIAN: $70,406
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$19.58 - $57.95
(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
$48,804 - $108,018  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,000  
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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$48,167 - $112,564  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,227
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.58 - $57.95  
   
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 - $11,000  
   
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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$48,167 - $112,564  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 132
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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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Clinical Directors may not see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as Executive Director. Executive Directors on average make about as much as Clinical Directors do. Moving from a Clinical Director to Clinical Services Director or Clinical Psychologist is a more common career path, however.

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Popular Skills for Clinical Director


Survey results suggest that Clinical Directors put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with BCBA, Budget Management, and People Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 9 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Training Program Development, Counseling, and Program Management. The majority of those who know Clinical Supervision also know Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Director

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $67K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $62K. For Clinical Directors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $74K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $79K.

Pay Difference by Location


New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Clinical Directors, 38 percent above the national average. Clinical Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+33 percent), Los Angeles (+19 percent), Minneapolis (+15 percent), and Washington (+12 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 18 percent south of the national average, can be found in Salt Lake City. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Charlotte (9 percent lower) and Atlanta (8 percent lower).

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
$71,000



Skills That Affect Clinical Director Salaries

BCBA
up arrow 21%

Budget Management
up arrow 9%



Clinical Supervision
up arrow 1%

Clinical Psychology
up arrow 1%

National Average
$71,000

Program Management
up arrow 4%


Training Program Development
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 256 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
24%
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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