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Clinical Director Salary (United States)

Clinical Directors who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up three-fifths of Clinical Directors. Pay fluctuates from $47K to $110K per year, but expected earnings average $70K per year. Final cash compensation to Clinical Directors varies from around $47K to approximately $110K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $10K and $25K, respectively. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While nearly one in five report receiving no health benefits, a fair portion do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. Female Clinical Directors make up most of the field at 75 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Clinical Director Salary (?
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$47,981 - $106,345
(Median)
48K
70K
87K
110K
MEDIAN: $69,609
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Clinical Director Salary (?
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$19.91 - $50.47
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MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$47,981 - $106,345  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,293  
Profit Sharing
$195.74 - $24,511  
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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$47,309 - $110,153  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 898
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.91 - $50.47  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $46.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,293  
   
Profit Sharing
$195.74 - $24,511  
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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$47,309 - $110,153  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 101
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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 Clinical Services Director, they may not see a turn in salary. a Clinical Services Director usually earns the same amount as Clinical Directors.

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Popular Skills for Clinical Director

Clinical Directors report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in People Management, Operations Management, Clinical Supervision, and Clinical Psychology are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Training Program Development, 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.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Clinical Directors — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $62K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to ten years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $65K. Clinical Directors see a median salary of $73K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $77K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end. Clinical Directors with one to 10 years of experience are most common in the field, followed by those with 10 to 20 years and more than 20 years.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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New York
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Minneapolis
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Washington
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Cincinnati
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Houston
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Dallas
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Chicago
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Philadelphia
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West Palm Beach
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National Average
$70,000
Atlanta
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Phoenix
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Charlotte
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Memphis
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
For Clinical Directors, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 65 percent greater than the national average. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include New York, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and Washington, where Clinical Directors typically earn around 41 percent, 26 percent, 21 percent, and 15 percent more than usual. Trailing the national average by 12 percent, Memphis is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers pay around 9 percent less in Charlotte and 8 percent less in Phoenix, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Clinical Director Salaries

National Average
$70,000

Skills That Affect Clinical Director Salaries

People Management
up arrow 16%
Clinical Supervision
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Clinical Psychology
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National Average
$70,000
Training Program Development
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 247 votes.

Gender

Female
75%
female alumni
 
Male
25%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 21%