Clinical Psychologist Salary

Commissions form a big slice (approximately one-half) of total compensation for Clinical Psychologists. The median income in this area hovers around $76K. The particular firm is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and tenure are driving factors as well. Health benefits are not claimed by all — nearly one-fourth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and over one-half have dental, too. More than half of Clinical Psychologists (68 percent) survey participants are women. For the most part, Clinical Psychologists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$47,228 - $108,294
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$74K
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MEDIAN: $73,791
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$20.47 - $151.03
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MEDIAN: $47.97
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$47,228 - $108,294  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,058  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$47,068 - $122,591  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,305
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$20.47 - $151.03  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.37  
Overtime
$0.00 - $100.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,058  
   
Commission
$37,500  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$47,068 - $122,591  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 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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Although some Clinical Psychologists become Neuropsychologist, this progression is not the norm. However, the latter position does pay a little more at $87K. A lot of Clinical Psychologists advance their careers by becoming Psychologists and Forensic Psychologists. However, those positions offer $5K less and $15K less per year on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Clinical Psychologist


Known for taking on a considerable number of Clinical Psychologists, Self-Employed, Department of Veteran's Affairs, Medoptions Inc., Acadia, Inc., and The Veterans Administration (United States) are leading firms in the industry.

Popular Skills for Clinical Psychologist


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Psychotherapy, Autism, Forensic Psychology, and pain management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 15 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Psychological Testing, Training, and Eating Disorders. It is often found that people who know Clinical Psychology are also skilled in 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: $75,965

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

Surpassing the national average by 39 percent, Clinical Psychologists in Dallas receive some of the highest pay in the country. Clinical Psychologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+29 percent), Seattle (+21 percent), San Antonio (+20 percent), and Atlanta (+10 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 14 percent south of the national average, can be found in Los Angeles. Employers pay around 11 percent less in Denver and 9 percent less in Chicago, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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 136 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Clinical Psychologist Salaries

▲23%

▲19%

▲2%

National Average
$76,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Clinical Psychologist Salaries

Psychotherapy
▲15%

Autism
▲10%




Geriatrics
▲4%


Assessment
▲3%


▲1%


National Average
$76,000

▼5%


Training
▼19%

Psychological Testing
▼19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 136 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
no benefits
None: 25%
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