With three-fifths of Clinical Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Clinical Directors is $72K annually and can range from $49K on the lower end to $119K per year near the higher end. Final cash compensation to Clinical Directors varies from around $49K to approximately $119K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $10K and $30K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Health benefits are not claimed by all — approximately one-fourth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and the greater part have dental, too. Clinical Directors who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 81 percent. Job satisfaction for Clinical Directors is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$49,465 - $116,657
$49K
$72K
$120K
MEDIAN: $72,433
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$17.20 - $56.68
$17
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$57
MEDIAN: $31.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,465 - $116,657  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,414  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $30,165  
Commission
$4,578  
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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$48,713 - $119,409  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,266
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$17.20 - $56.68  
   
Overtime
$19.00 - $91.23  
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 - $10,414  
   
Commission
$4,578  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $30,165  
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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$48,713 - $119,409  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 148

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Clinical Director


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Many Clinical Directors move into an Executive Director role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Executive Directors on average bring in a similar salary to Clinical Directors. It is not uncommon for a Clinical Director to continue on to become a Clinical Services Director or a Behavioral Health Director.

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Popular Skills for Clinical Director


Survey results imply that Clinical Directors deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Leadership, Physical Therapy, BCBA, and Clinical Psychology are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 17 percent and 19 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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 does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $63K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $71K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $75K. As Clinical Directors reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $81K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $72,598

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 Chicago (+29 percent), Philadelphia (+26 percent), New York (+21 percent), and San Diego (+19 percent). The lowest-paying market is St. Louis, which sits 21 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Memphis and Houston (14 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

Clinical Director Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Clinical Director

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 154 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
25%
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Experience Affects Clinical Director Salaries



National Average
$73,000



Skills That Affect Clinical Director Salaries

Leadership
up arrow 19%

Physical Therapy
up arrow 19%

BCBA
up arrow 17%


Training Program Development
up arrow 8%

Budget Management
up arrow 6%



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National Average
$73,000




Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 154 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

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