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Clinical Director Salary

The majority of Clinical Directors in the United States — close to three-fifths — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $48K to $114K per year, and the median is $70K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $11K and $26K, respectively — total cash payment to Clinical Directors can bottom out near $48K or peak near $114K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. While some workers in this profession — about one in five — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and a majority have dental insurance. Most Clinical Directors survey respondents are women (75 percent). Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Clinical Directors. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$48,693 - $109,402
(Median)
$49K
$70K
$110K
MEDIAN: $70,336
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50%
90%

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$19.60 - $58.17
(Median)
$20
$32
$58
MEDIAN: $31.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,693 - $109,402  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,401  
Profit Sharing
$193.92 - $25,976  
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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$48,098 - $113,607  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,195
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.60 - $58.17  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $52.72  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,401  
   
Profit Sharing
$193.92 - $25,976  
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).
)
$48,098 - $113,607  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 131

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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 tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like Executive Director. The two jobs pay about the same on average. It is not unusual for a Clinical Director to become a Clinical Services Director or a Clinical Psychologist.

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Popular Skills for Clinical Director


Survey results show that Clinical Directors use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in People Management, Budget Management, Operations Management, and Clinical Supervision are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 11 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Counseling. Most people experienced in 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. During the first five years of their careers, Clinical Directors see a median income of $63K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $67K. Clinical Directors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $74K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Clinical Directors with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $79K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Clinical Directors, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 44 percent above the national average. Clinical Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+38 percent), Houston (+36 percent), Los Angeles (+21 percent), and Minneapolis (+15 percent). Memphis ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 12 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Atlanta and Charlotte (8 percent less).

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
$71,000



Skills That Affect Clinical Director Salaries


Budget Management
up arrow 9%


Clinical Supervision
up arrow 2%

Training Program Development
0%

National Average
$71,000

Clinical Psychology
up arrow 1%

Program Management
up arrow 3%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 269 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

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: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 21%