Clinical Therapist Salary

Pay for Clinical Therapists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $44K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Women account for the majority of Clinical Therapists who took the survey — 84 percent to be exact. Although about one in five lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and a majority get dental coverage, too. The majority of Clinical Therapists claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$33,748 - $60,904
$34K
$44K
$61K
MEDIAN: $44,307
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$17.21 - $42.50
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MEDIAN: $23.73
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$33,748 - $60,904  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,891  
Profit Sharing
$2,900  
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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$34,095 - $64,761  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 502
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$17.21 - $42.50  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $79.46  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,891  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,900  
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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$34,095 - $64,761  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 194
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Job Description for Clinical Therapist

Most of the time, clinical therapists work in hospitals, relevant government agencies like the Department of Veteran Affairs, or general corporations who provide mental and emotional services to their employees. Many clinical therapists have their own practice and office. Clinical therapists include many specialties, such as mental health, marriage and family therapy, and drug addiction therapy. The clinical therapy field is quite diverse.

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Clinical Therapist Tasks

  • Manage caseload and documentation.
  • Provide for referrals and community contacts.
  • Counsel individuals, groups or families to help them understand problems and develop treatment plans.
  • Identify psychological, emotional or behavioral issues and diagnose disorders.

Common Career Paths for Clinical Therapist


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Clinical Therapists may progress into high-paying roles like Clinical Director, where median compensation is $71K annually. The most common promotion for Clinical Therapists is Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a position that typically pays $52K annually. Another standard transition for Clinical Therapists seeking advancement is to assume a Mental Health Counselor role, where pay is often $38K.

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Popular Skills for Clinical Therapist


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Psychotherapy, Substance Abuse, and Bilingual are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 10 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Those listing art therapy as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Case Management and EMDR also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those who know Clinical Psychology also know Group Therapy.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Therapist

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


Clinical Therapists do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $43K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $47K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Clinical Therapists make a median salary of $52K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $54K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,654

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

Houston is home to an above-average pay rate for Clinical Therapists, 39 percent higher than the national average. Clinical Therapists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+36 percent), Riverside (+18 percent), Boston (+12 percent), and Washington (+12 percent). With compensation 11 percent below the national average, Toledo is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Philadelphia and Phoenix are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 10 percent less than the median.

Clinical Therapist Reviews

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

Clinical Therapist in Sioux Falls:
`"$Work Flexibility, friendly and helpful co-workers, office."`
Pros: Great place to work with friendly people and helpful co-workers. Job satisfaction is great.
Cons: None.

Clinical Therapist in Phoenix:
`"$Community Agency Therapist."`
Pros: Helping others, seeing a variety of people, diversity. I enjoy learning and using what I have learned in school. To help others. I enjoy my co-workers and feel supported by them.
Cons: The intense back-to-back schedule of seeing clients. Feeling exhausted and drained, the extensive case management. The push is never ending from upper management.

Clinical Therapist in Gurnee:
`"$Clinical Massage Therapist."`
Pros: I feel relief that my clients live longer because when I massage them their bodies look a live and less gray. When I see a mom still be able to see her mom in 2 weeks that is the best feeling ever! Or she gets to see her again on Mothers Day. It's a whole new way of feeling.
Cons: I get people who are rude during and show up 30 mins late and expect a full body massage in 30 mins.

Clinical Therapist in Hemet:
`"$My Experience."`
Pros: The level of responsibility I have to care for my clients and help them work through their issues. Also, the level of independence I have with my job is something I enjoy greatly.
Cons: With the amount of responsibility comes the level of liability. Dealing with mental health there are always risks with mentally unstable clients, and often I am looked to for the answers, which can be very stressful.

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Key Stats for Clinical Therapist

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 77 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Clinical Therapist Salaries

▲17%

▲15%

▲2%

National Average
$46,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Clinical Therapist Salaries

Psychotherapy
▲20%

Substance Abuse
▲10%

Bilingual
▲6%


Group Therapy
▼0%

National Average
$46,000

Counseling
▼1%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
▼2%

Individual therapy
▼9%

EMDR
▼13%

Case Management
▼14%

art therapy
▼30%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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