Commissions comprise a big part of overall income for Clinical Psychologists. The median take-home amount in this area is around $76K, and on average, one-half of that final number comes from commissions. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and experience level. Female Clinical Psychologists survey participants are more prevalent than men — 68 percent of professionals. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Although a fair number have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, approximately one-fourth claim no health benefits at all. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$47,370 - $109,702
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MEDIAN: $73,941
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$20.10 - $149.94
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$47,370 - $109,702  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,069  
Profit Sharing
$4,750  
Commission
$37,500  
Total Pay (?
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$47,119 - $123,690  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,342
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$20.10 - $149.94  
   
Hourly Tips
$5.77  
Overtime
$0.00 - $120.80  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,069  
   
Commission
$37,500  
Profit Sharing
$4,750  
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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$47,119 - $123,690  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 223

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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

  • 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.
  • Write reports on clients, and maintain required paperwork.
  • Develop and implement individual treatment plans and duration of therapy.

Common Career Paths for Clinical Psychologist


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Although some Clinical Psychologists become Neuropsychologist, this progression is not the norm. However, the latter position does pay a little more at $87K. Clinical Psychologists most often move into Psychologist or Forensic Psychologist roles. However, the former pays $5K less on average, and the latter pays $15K less.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Clinical Psychologist


Clinical Psychologists fill the offices of leading firms Self-Employed, Department of Veteran's Affairs, Medoptions Inc., The Veterans Administration (United States), and Acadia, Inc.

Popular Skills for Clinical Psychologist


Survey results imply that Clinical Psychologists deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Psychotherapy, Autism, Forensic Psychology, and Health and Wellness are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 18 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Training, Eating Disorders, and Group Therapy. Most people familiar with Clinical Psychology also know Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Psychologist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. 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 with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $90K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $96K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $76,103

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Dallas offers some of the highest pay in the country for Clinical Psychologists, 37 percent above the national average. Clinical Psychologists will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+21 percent), San Antonio (+20 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), and New York (+12 percent). The lowest-paying market is Los Angeles, which sits 15 percent below the national average. Workers in Denver and Chicago earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (11 percent less and 10 percent less, respectively).

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Key Stats for Clinical Psychologist

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 134 votes.
037
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Clinical Psychologist Salaries




National Average
$76,000


Skills That Affect Clinical Psychologist Salaries

Psychotherapy
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Autism
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National Average
$76,000


Group Therapy
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Training
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 134 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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