Clinical Director Salary (United States)

Seasoned employees—those with more than 10 years of experience in the field—make up the largest chunk of Clinical Directors in the United States, 60 percent. There is a range in pay— $47,309 to $110,153 per year—with average salary amounting to $69,706 per year. Overall cash allowance, which can include more than $10,293 from bonuses and close to $25K from profit sharing—generally runs from $47,981 to $106,345. Residency is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Although most have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, 21 percent claim no health benefits at all. Men are solidly outnumbered in the field, with women representing 75 percent of workers. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Clinical Director Salary (?
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$47,981 - $106,345
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MEDIAN: $69,609
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Clinical Director Salary (?
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$19.91 - $50.47
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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 (?
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$47,309 - $110,153  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 898
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Hourly Rate
$19.91 - $50.47  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $46.15  
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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  
PayScale
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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Clinical Directors do not enjoy an increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder. More often than not, top-notch roles like Clinical Services Director will not offer more money than lower-level jobs in the same field.

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Popular Skills for Clinical Director

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. People Management and Operations Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 16 percent and 7 percent respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, 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.
Clinical Directors with less experience do not necessarily bring home smaller paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to have little impact on salary. Salary growth can be slow for Clinical Directors who are just starting out. During their first decade on the job, pay typically only increases from $62K to $65K. Compensation is $77K after 10 to 20 years. Wages do not stop growing after 20 years on the job but they do accelerate at a slower rate, and Clinical Directors tend to earn $77K at this point in time. 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. Workers who have been working for more than 20 years are hardest to find.

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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Surpassing the national average by 65 percent, Clinical Directors in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like New York, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and Washington, top-paying markets where Clinical Directors rake in more than the national norm (+41 percent, +26 percent, +21 percent, and +15 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Memphis, 12 percent below the national average. Employers in Charlotte and Phoenix also lean toward paying below-median salaries (-9 percent and -8 percent, respectively).

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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
Training Program Development
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Job Satisfaction

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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%
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