Clinical Therapist Salary

Earnings for Clinical Therapists in the United States come in at around $43K annually on average. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $33K and $65K per year. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. While just under one in four report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and the greater part have dental, as well. Women account for the majority of Clinical Therapists who took the survey — 85 percent to be exact. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$32,337 - $62,435
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$32K
$43K
$62K
MEDIAN: $42,564
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$16.29 - $38.53
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$16
$24
$39
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$32,337 - $62,435  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,240  
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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$32,976 - $64,988  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 368
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.29 - $38.53  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $45.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,240  
   
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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$32,976 - $64,988  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 136
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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

  • 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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There are some Clinical Therapists — though it's uncommon — that transition into Clinical Directors, where earnings are an average $71K annually. 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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Popular Skills for Clinical Therapist


Survey takers who work as Clinical Therapists typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with Clinical Psychology, Group Therapy, and Counseling can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Most people familiar with 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.


Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $42K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $46K. Clinical Therapists bring in $53K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Clinical Therapist Reviews

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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Experience Affects Clinical Therapist Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 19%


National Average
$44,000


Skills That Affect Clinical Therapist Salaries


Group Therapy
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National Average
$44,000

Counseling
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 78 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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