Clinical Directors in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent close to three-fifths of Clinical Directors. Salaries average out to around $72K annually and spread from $49K to $119K per year. Cash earnings for Clinical Directors — which occasionally include more than $12K from bonuses and more than $30K from profit sharing — stretch from around $49K to approximately $119K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. While close to a fourth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. Work is enjoyable for Clinical Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$49,498 - $115,236
(Median)
$49K
$72K
$120K
MEDIAN: $72,022
10%
50%
90%

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$17.62 - $58.99
(Median)
$18
$32
$59
MEDIAN: $32.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,498 - $115,236  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $30,315  
Commission
$9,000  
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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$48,757 - $118,727  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,277
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$17.62 - $58.99  
   
Overtime
$20.36 - $92.74  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,000  
   
Commission
$9,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $30,315  
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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$48,757 - $118,727  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 156
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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. Clinical Directors go on to become Clinical Services Directors more often than anything even though median pay for the role is $71K. Clinical Directors who move into a Behavioral Health Director role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $73K.

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Popular Skills for Clinical Director


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Leadership, Physical Therapy, BCBA, and Training Program Development are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 18 percent and 20 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Counseling. Those familiar with Clinical Supervision also tend to know Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Director

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Clinical Directors — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $63K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $71K. For Clinical Directors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $75K. Clinical Directors who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $80K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $72,284

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Clinical Directors that is 33 percent greater than the national average, Boston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Clinical Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+28 percent), Chicago (+28 percent), Philadelphia (+25 percent), and New York (+22 percent). Memphis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 14 percent. Workers in Houston and Richmond earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (10 percent less and 9 percent less, 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
$72,000



Skills That Affect Clinical Director Salaries

Leadership
up arrow 20%

Physical Therapy
up arrow 20%

BCBA
up arrow 18%

Training Program Development
up arrow 11%



Budget Management
up arrow 6%


registered nurse
up arrow 4%

People Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$72,000

Clinical Supervision
up arrow 1%

Program Management
up arrow 3%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 164 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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