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Clinical Psychologist Salary

The national average salary for Clinical Psychologists is $72K per year; Self-Employed pays the most in this field, though, offering a median salary of $260K. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$44,666 - $106,045
(Median)
$45K
$72K
$110K
MEDIAN: $72,332
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$22.49 - $154.30
(Median)
$22
$49
$150
MEDIAN: $48.00
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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
$44,666 - $106,045  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,856  
Profit Sharing
$0.21 - $39,149  
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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$45,583 - $125,855  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,579
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$22.49 - $154.30  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $85.28  
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.
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,856  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.21 - $39,149  
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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$45,583 - $125,855  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 247

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Job Description for Clinical Psychologist

A clinical psychologist usually obtain a doctorate degree, either a Psy.D. or Ph.D. They will need experience in a clinical setting before taking a state licensing examination, which varies by state. Specialization among clinical psychologists often results from adherence to a particular theoretical framework or focus on a specific disorder or condition. Clinical psychologists often enter private practice, where they work in comfortable office settings, set their own schedules and can limit the number of patients seen. They also work in organization settings, such as mental health facilities, hospitals, or schools. Additionally, many clinical psychologists engage in research or teaching. They can opt to treat children, adolescents, or adults, individual patients, couples, or groups of patients. Clinical psychologists must exhibit objectivity, acute observation abilities and attention to detail, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and advanced knowledge of psychology, psychological theories, and various treatment options available. They must exhibit self-awareness and be emotionally stable, able to diffuse highly emotional situations, and demonstrate patience.


Clinical Psychologist Tasks

  • Write reports on clients, and maintain required paperwork.
  • Develop and implement individual treatment plans and duration of therapy.
  • Identify psychological, emotional, or behavioral issues, and diagnose disorders, using information obtained from interviews, tests, records, and reference materials.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of counseling or treatments, the accuracy and completeness of diagnoses, then modify plans and diagnoses as necessary.

Common Career Paths for Clinical Psychologist


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Though it's uncommon, some Clinical Psychologists move into roles as Neuropsychologists, where they can earn incomes averaing out to a slightly higher $84K per year. Clinical Psychologists most often move into positions as Psychologists or Forensic Psychologists. Psychologists actually earn $6K less on average, however, and Forensic Psychologists earn $14K less per year than Clinical Psychologists do.

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Popular Skills for Clinical Psychologist


Survey results imply that Clinical Psychologists deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in pain management, Forensic Psychology, Geriatrics, and Clinical Research are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 10 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Eating Disorders, Assessment, and Counseling. Most people skilled in Clinical Psychology are similarly competent in Clinical Supervision.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Psychologist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $65K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $75K. Clinical Psychologists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $87K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $96K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Clinical Psychologists, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 26 percent above the national average. Clinical Psychologists will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+18 percent), San Francisco (+14 percent), San Diego (+14 percent), and Seattle (+10 percent). In Miami, salaries are 19 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. On the whole, employers pay 12 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Denver and Los Angeles.

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Experience Affects Clinical Psychologist Salaries




National Average
$75,000


Skills That Affect Clinical Psychologist Salaries




Geriatrics
up arrow 6%

Clinical Supervision
up arrow 4%

Health and Wellness
up arrow 4%

Pediatrics
up arrow 4%

Clinical Psychology
up arrow 3%

National Average
$75,000

Counseling
up arrow 4%

Eating Disorders
up arrow 9%

Assessment
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 289 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 24%
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