Clinical Psychologist Salary

With a median pay of $247K, Self-Employed Clinical Psychologists make much more than the national average ($73K per year) for those in this field. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$46,383 - $106,805
(Median)
$46K
$73K
$110K
MEDIAN: $73,066
10%
50%
90%

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$19.98 - $151.41
(Median)
$20
$48
$150
MEDIAN: $48.00
10%
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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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 $85K. 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 $14K less, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Clinical Psychologist


Clinical Psychologists seem to wield many skills on the job. 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Assessment, Eating Disorders, and Autism. Most people who know 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.


Clinical Psychologists do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $67K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $76K. Clinical Psychologists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $88K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $98K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $74,854

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Home to some of the best pay for Clinical Psychologists, Washington offers exceptional salaries, 33 percent above the national average. Clinical Psychologists will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+18 percent), San Francisco (+17 percent), Minneapolis (+16 percent), and San Diego (+10 percent). Los Angeles is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 13 percent. Workers in Denver and Chicago earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (12 percent less and 6 percent less, 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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