Clinical Psychologist Salary
On average, commissions constitute a fair portion (over a third) of final income for Clinical Psychologists. That final number averages out to $76K across the industry. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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.Read More...
In this position, it is important to have strong communication skills and be compassionate toward patients. Some patients may be limited in their cognitive abilities, perhaps due to brain injuries or illnesses, so patience and understanding are extremely valuable. Strong knowledge of the biology of the body and the various treatment methods available is also essential.
Clinical psychologists may work with other medical providers of particular patients in order to determine their capacities and what treatment they have received in the past; based on this, the psychologist may determine what therapy should be administered. Therapy may be conducted on an individual or group basis, depending on the situation, and it is also important to maintain a strong network of medical providers in order to refer patients to other services when necessary.
Aspiring clinical psychologists should have a Ph.D. in clinical or counseling psychology from an APA-accredited organization, and prior experience in clinical psychology may be required for some positions; this experience can be obtained through previous employment or internships. Current and valid licensing is also required.
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
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 $87K per year. Many Clinical Psychologists choose to become Psychologists and Forensic Psychologists as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $5K less and $15K less, respectively.
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Popular Skills for Clinical Psychologist
Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Lucky workers who know Psychotherapy can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 24 percent above average. Forensic Psychology and pain management are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 5 percent and 24 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Training, Eating Disorders, and Group Therapy. It is often found that people who know Clinical Psychology are also skilled in Counseling.
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 average inexperienced worker earns $69K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $78K. Clinical Psychologists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $91K. Clinical Psychologists who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $97K.
Pay Difference by Location
For Clinical Psychologists, working in the bustling city of San Antonio has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Clinical Psychologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+16 percent), San Francisco (+12 percent), Washington (+12 percent), and New York (+11 percent). Falling short of the national average by 15 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Los Angeles. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Chicago and Denver (13 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).