Clinical Psychologist Salary

Clinical Psychologists usually earn approximately $72K per year in the United States, but Self-Employed offers a significantly higher median of $260K. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$44,601 - $106,273
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$45K
$72K
$110K
MEDIAN: $71,962
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$22.39 - $153.88
(Median)
$22
$49
$150
MEDIAN: $48.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,601 - $106,273  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,783  
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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$45,469 - $125,569  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,567
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$22.39 - $153.88  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $84.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,783  
   
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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$45,469 - $125,569  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 253

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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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It is somewhat unusual to come across Clinical Psychologists who move on to become Neuropsychologists, but it does happen from time to time, and the median salary for that position sits slightly higher at $83K. A lot of Clinical Psychologists advance their careers by becoming Psychologists and Forensic Psychologists. However, those positions offer $6K less and $13K less per year on average.

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Popular Skills for Clinical Psychologist


Clinical Psychologists report using a deep pool of skills on the job. 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 11 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Assessment, Eating Disorders, and Counseling. 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.


For Clinical Psychologists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $65K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $75K on average. Clinical Psychologists see a median salary of $87K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $96K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Clinical Psychologists in Washington enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 26 percent above the national average. Clinical Psychologists will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+20 percent), San Diego (+13 percent), San Francisco (+13 percent), and Seattle (+10 percent). Falling short of the national average by 19 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Miami. Employers in Los Angeles and Denver also lean toward paying below-median salaries (14 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Clinical Psychologist Salaries




National Average
$75,000


Skills That Affect Clinical Psychologist Salaries





Geriatrics
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Clinical Psychology
up arrow 4%

Clinical Supervision
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National Average
$75,000

Counseling
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Eating Disorders
up arrow 7%

Assessment
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 309 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

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%