Clinical Psychologist Salary

On average, commissions constitute a fair portion (about one-half) of final income for Clinical Psychologists. That final number averages out to $76K across the industry. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by geography and experience level. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, close to a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by a little more than half. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Female Clinical Psychologists are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (67 percent) are women. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$46,762 - $108,544
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MEDIAN: $73,798
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$19.97 - $151.65
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MEDIAN: $48.57
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,762 - $108,544  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,124  
Profit Sharing
$4,750  
Commission
$37,500  
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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$46,587 - $123,938  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,280
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$19.97 - $151.65  
   
Hourly Tips
$5.77  
Overtime
$0.00 - $102.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,124  
   
Commission
$37,500  
Profit Sharing
$4,750  
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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$46,587 - $123,938  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 218

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Job Description for Clinical Psychologist

Clinical psychologists carry out patient evaluations and treatment in order to diagnose and relieve psychological issues; these issues may be due to the mental state of the patient or the environment and situations he/she has been facing. Objective evaluations should be carried out in order to determine the problems and what sort of care should be provided. Common issues that may be addressed include depression, anxiety, and behavioral problems.

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Clinical Psychologist Tasks

  • 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.
  • Write reports on clients, and maintain required paperwork.
  • Develop and implement individual treatment plans and duration of therapy.

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 $87K per year. Clinical Psychologists most often move into Psychologist or Forensic Psychologist roles. However, the former pays $4K less on average, and the latter pays $15K less.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Clinical Psychologist


Self-Employed, Department of Veteran's Affairs, Medoptions Inc., Acadia, Inc., and The Veterans Administration (United States) are top-notch employers for Clinical Psychologists in this area.

Popular Skills for Clinical Psychologist


Clinical Psychologists seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Psychotherapy, Autism, Forensic Psychology, and pain management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 15 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Psychological Testing, Training, and Eating Disorders. It is often found that people who know Clinical Psychology are also skilled in Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Psychologist

Pay by Experience for a Clinical Psychologist has a positive trend. An entry-level Clinical Psychologist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 807 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Clinical Psychologist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $78,000 based on 411 salaries. An experienced Clinical Psychologist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $90,000 based on 354 salaries. A Clinical Psychologist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $94,000 based on 251 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $75,929

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Home to some of the best pay for Clinical Psychologists, Dallas offers exceptional salaries, 39 percent above the national average. Clinical Psychologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+29 percent), Seattle (+21 percent), San Antonio (+20 percent), and Atlanta (+10 percent). The lowest-paying market is Los Angeles, which sits 14 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Denver (11 percent lower) and Chicago (9 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Clinical Psychologist

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 127 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Clinical Psychologist Salaries

▲23%

▲19%

▲2%

National Average
$76,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Clinical Psychologist Salaries

Psychotherapy
▲15%

Autism
▲10%




Geriatrics
▲5%


Assessment
▲3%



▲1%

National Average
$76,000

▼5%


Training
▼19%

Psychological Testing
▼19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 127 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
no benefits
None: 25%