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Clinical Psychologist Salary

With a median pay of $256K, Self-Employed Clinical Psychologists make much more than the national average ($72K annually) for those in this field. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$44,983 - $106,722
(Median)
$45K
$72K
$110K
MEDIAN: $72,467
10%
50%
90%

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$22.17 - $154.49
(Median)
$22
$49
$150
MEDIAN: $48.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,983 - $106,722  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,849  
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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$45,749 - $126,456  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,596
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$22.17 - $154.49  
   
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 - $9,849  
   
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).
)
$45,749 - $126,456  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 245
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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 $84K. Many Clinical Psychologists go on to become Psychologists or Forensic Psychologists despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $7K lower and $14K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Clinical Psychologist


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in pain management, Forensic Psychology, Clinical Research, and Geriatrics are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 10 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Eating Disorders, Assessment, and Counseling. The majority of those 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 with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $76K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $66K. Clinical Psychologists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $87K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $96K.

Pay Difference by Location


Washington is home to an above-average pay rate for Clinical Psychologists, 27 percent higher than the national average. Clinical Psychologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+17 percent), San Francisco (+15 percent), San Diego (+15 percent), and Seattle (+10 percent). Denver is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 15 percent. Employers pay around 11 percent less in Los Angeles and 10 percent less in Chicago, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Clinical Psychologist Salaries




National Average
$75,000


Skills That Affect Clinical Psychologist Salaries




Geriatrics
up arrow 6%

Clinical Supervision
up arrow 4%

Health and Wellness
up arrow 4%

Pediatrics
up arrow 4%

Clinical Psychology
up arrow 3%

National Average
$75,000

Counseling
up arrow 3%

Assessment
up arrow 9%

Eating Disorders
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 282 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

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: 43% employee benefits None: 23%
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