Clinical Therapist Salary

The average Clinical Therapist in the United States earns approximately $43K annually. Compensation ranges between $33K and $65K per year. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The vast majority (85 percent) of Clinical Therapists who took the survey are female. Although just under one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and the larger part get dental coverage, too. This report is based on answers to 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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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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It's not very common for Clinical Therapists to move on to become Clinical Directors. Average pay for a Clinical Director is $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 $51K. 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


Job skills reported by Clinical Therapists are limited. Those who have experience with Clinical Psychology, Group Therapy, and Counseling can expect to be compensated well for these skills. 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.


Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $46K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $42K. Clinical Therapists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $53K. Clinical Therapists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

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What is it like working as a Clinical Therapist?

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
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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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