Clinical Director Salary

Clinical Directors in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with three-fifths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $71K annually on average but can range from $48K to $116K per year. Total incomes of Clinical Directors incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $12K from bonuses and close to $30K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $48K and $116K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Somewhere between a fifth and a fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and a majority claim dental coverage as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Female Clinical Directors make up most of the survey respondents at 76 percent. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$48,982 - $110,611
(Median)
$49K
$71K
$110K
MEDIAN: $71,081
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$19.71 - $61.38
(Median)
$20
$33
$61
MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,982 - $110,611  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,122  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $29,516  
Commission
$2,300  
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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$48,415 - $116,193  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,549
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.71 - $61.38  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$0.00 - $54.83  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,122  
   
Commission
$2,300  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $29,516  
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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$48,415 - $116,193  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 181
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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.

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Clinical Directors' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like Executive Director. On average, Executive Directors get paid about the same as Clinical Directors do. Many Clinical Directors advance into roles as Clinical Services Directors or Clinical Psychologists, but the median salaries are $1K lower and $1K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Clinical Director


Clinical Directors report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Physical Therapy, Leadership, and BCBA are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 38 percent, 21 percent, and 19 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include 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.


Clinical Directors do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average inexperienced worker earns $63K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $68K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Clinical Directors make a median salary of $75K. Clinical Directors who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $80K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $71,619

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

With a pay rate for Clinical Directors that is 43 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 Francisco (+31 percent), New York (+29 percent), Houston (+23 percent), and Minneapolis (+17 percent). Trailing the national average by 12 percent, Atlanta is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Charlotte and Dallas (8 percent lower and 3 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
$72,000



Skills That Affect Clinical Director Salaries

Physical Therapy
up arrow 38%

Leadership
up arrow 21%

BCBA
up arrow 19%

registered nurse
up arrow 14%

Training Program Development
up arrow 11%

Budget Management
up arrow 7%

Operations Management
up arrow 3%

Clinical Psychology
up arrow 2%

Clinical Education
up arrow 1%

Clinical Supervision
0%

People Management
0%

National Average
$72,000



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 268 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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