Clinical Psychologist Salary

The nationwide average salary for Clinical Psychologists is $73K annually, but those working at Self-Employed can pull down an average $247K. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$46,383 - $106,805
(Median)
$46K
$73K
$110K
MEDIAN: $73,066
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50%
90%

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$19.98 - $151.41
(Median)
$20
$48
$150
MEDIAN: $48.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,383 - $106,805  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,787  
Profit Sharing
$0.21 - $9,787  
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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$46,417 - $125,127  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,745
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$19.98 - $151.41  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.33  
Overtime
$0.00 - $64.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,787  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.21 - $9,787  
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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$46,417 - $125,127  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 268
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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

  • 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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Although it's unusual, some Clinical Psychologists transition into jobs as Neuropsychologists. The latter group reports earning a slightly lower median of $85K per year, though. Clinical Psychologists most often move into positions as Psychologists or Forensic Psychologists. Psychologists actually earn $5K 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


Clinical Psychologists seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in pain management, Group Therapy, Clinical Research, and Geriatrics are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 8 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Assessment, Eating Disorders, and Autism. Most people familiar with Clinical Psychology also know Clinical Supervision.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Psychologist

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


For many Clinical Psychologists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average inexperienced worker earns $67K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $76K. Clinical Psychologists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $88K. 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 $98K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $74,854

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For Clinical Psychologists, working in the bustling city of Washington has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Clinical Psychologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+18 percent), San Francisco (+17 percent), Minneapolis (+16 percent), and San Diego (+10 percent). Los Angeles is the lowest-paying area, 13 percent south of the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Denver and Chicago (12 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Clinical Psychologist Salaries




National Average
$75,000


Skills That Affect Clinical Psychologist Salaries




Geriatrics
up arrow 6%

Group Therapy
up arrow 6%


Clinical Psychology
up arrow 3%

Clinical Supervision
up arrow 3%

Pediatrics
up arrow 3%

National Average
$75,000

Counseling
up arrow 4%

Autism
up arrow 5%


Assessment
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 267 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
medical benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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