Clinical Psychologist Salary

Commissions comprise a big part of overall income for Clinical Psychologists. The median take-home amount in this area is around $77K, and on average, roughly one-half of that final number comes from commissions. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the company, though the particular city and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Although nearly one-fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. Female Clinical Psychologists are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (67 percent) are women. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$47,865 - $108,687
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$74K
$110K
MEDIAN: $74,135
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$22.44 - $150.15
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MEDIAN: $48.59
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$0$123K
Salary $47,865 - $108,687
Bonus $0.00 - $9,994
Profit Sharing $1,600
Commission $37,500
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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$47,999 - $123,417
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,278
Hourly Data $0$150
Hourly Rate $22.44 - $150.15
Hourly Tips $0.98
Overtime $0.27 - $99.33
Annual Data $0$123K
Bonus $0.00 - $9,994
Commission $37,500
Profit Sharing $1,600
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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$47,999 - $123,417
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 227

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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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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 $87K. Clinical Psychologists most frequently advance into Psychologist and Forensic Psychologist roles even though the median salaries are $5K lower and $15K lower, respectively.

Clinical Psychologist Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Clinical Psychologist


Clinical Psychologists flock to Self-Employed, Department of Veteran's Affairs, Medoptions Inc., Acadia, Inc., and The Veterans Administration (United States), highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession.

Popular Skills for Clinical Psychologist


Clinical Psychologists report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Psychotherapy, Autism, Forensic Psychology, and pain management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 13 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Psychological Testing, Training, and Eating Disorders. Most people who know Clinical Psychology also know Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Psychologist

Pay by Experience for a Clinical Psychologist has a positive trend. An entry-level Clinical Psychologist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 807 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Clinical Psychologist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $78,000 based on 411 salaries. An experienced Clinical Psychologist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $90,000 based on 354 salaries. A Clinical Psychologist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $94,000 based on 251 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $76,699

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

For those looking to make money, Clinical Psychologists in Dallas enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 37 percent above the national average. Clinical Psychologists will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+27 percent), Seattle (+20 percent), San Antonio (+19 percent), and Atlanta (+9 percent). Los Angeles ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 15 percent below the national average. Employers in Denver and Chicago also lean toward paying below-median salaries (12 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

Clinical Psychologist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Clinical Psychologist?

Clinical Psychologist in Cary:
"Peddling psychology privately."
Pros: Helping children and their families. Since it's private and fees are high, many who come are invested in making a change. Unlike hospitals, you cam make a bigger difference on the child through the family aswell, rather than just your sorry time with them until their stable. You get to see the part where they really turn it around.
Cons: The feeling that you're being exploited. We're employees labeled independent contractors, offered minimal percentages of what we bring in for no given reasons. I can't actually determine my own hours or if I run a group inside or outside scheduled hours. I have to fight to not have cases outside the scope of my training put on my calendar. My "weekend" is broken up by a day of the week. Staff turnover is high.

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Key Stats for Clinical Psychologist

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 146 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Clinical Psychologist Salaries

▲22%

▲18%

▲1%

National Average
$77,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Clinical Psychologist Salaries

Psychotherapy
▲13%

Autism
▲9%




Geriatrics
▲3%


Assessment
▲2%



▼0%

National Average
$77,000

▼6%


Training
▼20%

Psychological Testing
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 146 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
no benefits
None: 25%
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