Clinical Director Salary

Clinical Directors in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and close to three-fifths have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $71K annually, but may range from $48K to $116K per year. Cash earnings for Clinical Directors — including $12K in bonuses and $30K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $48K to $116K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most Clinical Directors survey respondents are women (76 percent). Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and slightly more than a fifth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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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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As Clinical Directors transition into upper-level roles like Executive Directors, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Executive Directors earn the same amount as Clinical Directors on average. Many Clinical Directors choose to become Clinical Services Directors and Clinical Psychologists as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $1K less and $1K less, respectively.

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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, 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 pay less than market rate include 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.


For Clinical Directors, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $63K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $68K. Clinical Directors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $75K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $80K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $71,619

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

Boston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Clinical Directors, 43 percent above the national average. 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). In Atlanta, salaries are 12 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. 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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