Clinical Psychologist Salary

For Clinical Psychologists, higher-than-average salaries can be found at Self-Employed, where the average employee brings in around $260K relative to the national average of $73K per year for those in this line of work. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$44,827 - $107,231
(Median)
$45K
$73K
$110K
MEDIAN: $72,570
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$22.34 - $156.00
(Median)
$22
$49
$160
MEDIAN: $48.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,827 - $107,231  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,850  
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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$45,602 - $127,129  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,578
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$22.34 - $156.00  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $83.19  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,850  
   
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).
)
$45,602 - $127,129  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 244
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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 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 $84K. Many Clinical Psychologists go on to become Psychologists or Forensic Psychologists despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $6K lower and $14K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Clinical Psychologist


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in pain management, Clinical Research, Forensic Psychology, and Geriatrics are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 9 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Eating Disorders and Assessment. Most people experienced in 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 Clinical Psychologists, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $66K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $76K. Clinical Psychologists see a median salary of $88K 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


With a pay rate for Clinical Psychologists that is 24 percent greater than the national average, Washington offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Clinical Psychologists will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+18 percent), San Francisco (+16 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), and San Diego (+14 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Denver, 13 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Los Angeles (12 percent lower) and Chicago (10 percent lower).

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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
up arrow 3%

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 258 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%
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