Clinical Psychologist Salary

Clinical Psychologists in search of top-notch pay will find it at Self-Employed, where the median salary of $260K trumps the $73K per year-national average for those in this profession. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$45,018 - $106,451

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$20.11 - $155.50

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,018 - $106,451  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,845  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $38,783  
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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$45,422 - $126,567  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,560
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$20.11 - $155.50  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $83.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,845  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $38,783  
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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$45,422 - $126,567  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 249
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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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It doesn't happen often, but some Clinical Psychologists do move on to become Neuropsychologists. The average pay for that role is slightly higher at $84K per year. Clinical Psychologists most often move into Psychologist or Forensic Psychologist roles. However, the former pays $7K less on average, and the latter pays $14K less.

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Popular Skills for Clinical Psychologist


Survey takers working as Clinical Psychologists report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in pain management, Clinical Research, Geriatrics, and Forensic Psychology are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 9 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Eating Disorders and Assessment. For most people, competency in Clinical Psychology indicates knowledge of Clinical Supervision.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Psychologist

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Clinical Psychologists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $66K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $76K. Clinical Psychologists bring in $88K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $96K.

Pay Difference by Location


Washington offers some of the highest pay in the country for Clinical Psychologists, 27 percent above the national average. Clinical Psychologists will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+17 percent), San Francisco (+16 percent), San Diego (+15 percent), and Seattle (+13 percent). Los Angeles ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 15 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Denver and Chicago (13 percent lower and 11 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%

Health and Wellness
up arrow 4%

Clinical Psychology
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Clinical Supervision
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Pediatrics
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National Average
$75,000

Counseling
up arrow 3%

Eating Disorders
up arrow 9%

Assessment
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 253 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: 42% employee benefits None: 24%
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