On average, commissions constitute a fair portion (over a third) of final income for Clinical Psychologists. That final number averages out to $76K across the industry. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$47,688 - $110,754
(Median)
$48K
$74K
$110K
MEDIAN: $74,099
10%
50%
90%

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$19.49 - $147.54
(Median)
$19
$48
$150
MEDIAN: $48.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$47,688 - $110,754  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,222  
Profit Sharing
$4,750  
Commission
$29,000  
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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$47,182 - $123,246  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,347
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$19.49 - $147.54  
   
Hourly Tips
$5.77  
Overtime
$1.00 - $120.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,222  
   
Commission
$29,000  
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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$47,182 - $123,246  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 210
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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

  • 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.

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It doesn't happen often, but some Clinical Psychologists do move on to become Neuropsychologists. The average pay for that role is slightly higher at $87K per year. Many Clinical Psychologists choose to become Psychologists and Forensic Psychologists as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $5K less and $15K less, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Clinical Psychologist


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Lucky workers who know Psychotherapy can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 24 percent above average. Forensic Psychology and pain management are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 5 percent and 24 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Training, Eating Disorders, and Group Therapy. It is often found that people who know Clinical Psychology are also skilled in Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Psychologist

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. 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 claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $91K. Clinical Psychologists who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $97K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $76,064

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

For Clinical Psychologists, working in the bustling city of San Antonio has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Clinical Psychologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+16 percent), San Francisco (+12 percent), Washington (+12 percent), and New York (+11 percent). Falling short of the national average by 15 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Los Angeles. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Chicago and Denver (13 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Clinical Psychologist Salaries




National Average
$76,000


Skills That Affect Clinical Psychologist Salaries

Psychotherapy
up arrow 24%




Health and Wellness
up arrow 4%

Geriatrics
up arrow 4%

Clinical Supervision
up arrow 3%

Clinical Psychology
up arrow 2%

Pediatrics
up arrow 1%

Assessment
up arrow 1%

National Average
$76,000

Counseling
up arrow 3%

Autism
up arrow 3%

Group Therapy
up arrow 5%


Training
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 129 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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