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Clinical Director Salary (United States)

Clinical Directors in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with about three in five bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $70K annually on average but can range from $48K to $111K per year. In the world of Clinical Directors, total cash compensation can vary between $48K and $111K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $10K and $30K, respectively. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Clinical Directors making up 75 percent. Most Clinical Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — around one in five — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and the larger part have dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Clinical Director Salary (?
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$48,411 - $107,082
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MEDIAN: $69,824
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Clinical Director Salary (?
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$19.74 - $51.55
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,411 - $107,082  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,406  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $29,799  
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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$47,824 - $110,959  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,027
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.74 - $51.55  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $51.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,406  
   
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $29,799  
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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$47,824 - $110,959  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 115
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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 who transition into roles like Directors of Clinical Services — a position that pays $78K on average — are not commonly found. However, it's more common for Clinical Directors to move into roles as Clinical Services Directors or Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)s.

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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 Training Program Development are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Counseling and Program Management. Those educated in Clinical Supervision tend to be well versed 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. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $63K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $66K. 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 $78K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference By Location

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San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Clinical Directors, 45 percent above the national average. Clinical Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+39 percent), Los Angeles (+23 percent), Minneapolis (+20 percent), and Washington (+14 percent). Memphis is the lowest-paying area, 11 percent south of the national average. Workers in Charlotte and Phoenix earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 8 percent.

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
$70,000

Skills That Affect Clinical Director Salaries

People Management
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Clinical Supervision
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Clinical Psychology
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National Average
$70,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 258 votes.

Gender

Female
75%
female alumni
 
Male
25%
male alumni

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: 77% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 21%