Median pay for Clinical Therapists in the United States is around $44K per year. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Clinical Therapists like their work and job satisfaction is high. The vast majority (85 percent) of Clinical Therapists who took the survey are female. While around one in five report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and a majority have dental, as well. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$33,629 - $61,261
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$61K
MEDIAN: $44,153
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$17.27 - $45.15
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$33,629 - $61,261  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,030  
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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$34,001 - $65,376  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 480
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$17.27 - $45.15  
   
Overtime
$32.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,030  
   
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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$34,001 - $65,376  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 183

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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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For Clinical Therapists, progressing to a Clinical Director role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Clinical Director can earn $71K annually. Becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker is, more often than not, the most common role that Clinical Therapists move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $52K. Another frequent advance is for Clinical Therapists to assume a Mental Health Counselor role; in this role, workers often earn $38K.

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Popular Skills for Clinical Therapist


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with Psychotherapy, Substance Abuse, and Bilingual are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 11 percent, and 7 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. Those familiar with Clinical Psychology also tend to know Group Therapy.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Therapist

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


For Clinical Therapists, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $43K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $47K. Clinical Therapists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $52K. Clinical Therapists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $54K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,446

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Surpassing the national average by 39 percent, Clinical Therapists in Houston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Clinical Therapists will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+36 percent), Riverside (+19 percent), Boston (+12 percent), and Washington (+12 percent). The lowest-paying market is Toledo, which sits 10 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Philadelphia (10 percent lower) and Phoenix (9 percent lower).

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
85 %
Male
15 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 74 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Clinical Therapist Salaries




National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Clinical Therapist Salaries

Psychotherapy
up arrow 21%

Substance Abuse
up arrow 11%

Bilingual
up arrow 7%


Counseling
0%

Group Therapy
0%

National Average
$45,000

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
up arrow 1%

Individual therapy
up arrow 9%

EMDR
up arrow 12%

Case Management
up arrow 14%

art therapy
up arrow 30%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 74 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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