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Clinical Therapist Salary (United States)

A relatively unseasoned group of workers, a little over a half of Clinical Therapists report fewer than five years on the job; the group as a whole earns roughly $40K annually on average. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Although close to one-fourth lack health benefits of any kind, most do enjoy medical insurance, and a majority get dental coverage, too. The vast majority of Clinical Therapists (83 percent) are women. Most Clinical Therapists report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Clinical Therapist Salary (?
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$30,622 - $56,819
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MEDIAN: $39,640
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Clinical Therapist Salary (?
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$16.01 - $42.47
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,622 - $56,819  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,999  
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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$31,211 - $63,224  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 485
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$16.01 - $42.47  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $48.94  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,999  
   
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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$31,211 - $63,224  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 187
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Job Description for Clinical Therapist

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

Common Career Paths for Clinical Therapist

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Clinical Therapists' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Clinical Services Director. Clinical Services Directors bring home $70K per year on average. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker role is the most common promotion for Clinical Therapists moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $51K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Clinical Therapists is a Mental Health Counselor position, where earnings are usually $38K.

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Clinical Therapists report a narrow range of specific skills. Clinical Psychology and Counseling are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 17 percent and 5 percent respectively. Clinical Psychology and Counseling are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Therapist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Clinical Therapists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $39K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $43K. Clinical Therapists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $47K. Clinical Therapists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $51K. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; a fair portion of those surveyed fall within this distribution. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around a sixth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent.

Pay Difference By Location

National Average
$41,000
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Detroit
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Trailing the national average by 12 percent, Detroit is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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Experience Affects Clinical Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 15%
Mid-Career
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National Average
$41,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Clinical Therapist Salaries

Clinical Psychology
up arrow 17%
National Average
$41,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 233 votes.

Gender

Female
83%
female alumni
 
Male
17%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 24%