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Clinical Psychologist Salary

Though nationally Clinical Psychologists make an average $71K annually, those in this field can find the most generous pay at Self-Employed, where the average salary is around $250K. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
$43,500 - $104,120
(Median)
44K
57K
71K
87K
100K
MEDIAN: $71,064
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$22.58 - $155.20
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $48.00
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National Salary Data

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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$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,500 - $104,120  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,940  
Profit Sharing
$37.50 - $22,500  
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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$44,542 - $125,773  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,591
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$22.58 - $155.20  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $72.50  
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 - $8,940  
   
Profit Sharing
$37.50 - $22,500  
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).
)
$44,542 - $125,773  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 281
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Clinical Psychologists move into roles as Neuropsychologists, where median income is $83K per year. 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 $13K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Clinical Psychologist


Survey results imply that Clinical Psychologists deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in pain management, Forensic Psychology, Geriatrics, and Health and Wellness are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 13 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Eating Disorders, Assessment, and Counseling. It is often found that people who know Clinical Psychology are also skilled in 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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $65K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $75K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $86K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $92K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Clinical Psychologists that is 27 percent greater than the national average, Washington offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Clinical Psychologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+22 percent), San Diego (+14 percent), Seattle (+9 percent), and Cincinnati (+8 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Denver, 15 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Los Angeles (11 percent lower) and Chicago (10 percent lower).

Related Job Salaries

Experience Affects Clinical Psychologist Salaries




National Average
$74,000


Skills That Affect Clinical Psychologist Salaries



Geriatrics
up arrow 8%


Clinical Psychology
up arrow 4%

Clinical Supervision
up arrow 3%

Pediatrics
up arrow 3%

Clinical Research
up arrow 3%

National Average
$74,000


Assessment
up arrow 8%

Eating Disorders
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 348 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 24%