Clinical Therapist Salary (United States)

More than half of Clinical Therapists are relatively junior in their careers, reporting less than five years' experience and an average income of $41,343 annually. The pay spectrum stretches from $31,211 to $63,224 per year. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Although most have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, 24 percent claim no health benefits at all. Most Clinical Therapists like their work and job satisfaction is high. This summary is derived from information collected in the PayScale salary survey.
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  
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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  
National Annualized Data (?
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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  
PayScale
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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As Clinical Therapists transition into upper-level roles, they may see a strong upturn in salary. For instance, a Clinical Services Director may earn an extra $28K per year than his or her lower-level colleagues. The most common promotion for Clinical Therapists, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) position brings in an extra $9,458 annually. Another standard transition for Clinical Therapists seeking advancement is to assume a Mental Health Counselor role, where pay often drops by $3,771.

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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 salaries from more experience in the field—in most many but not all cases, experience is not a driving force behind pay increase. Salaries can reach $42K from $39K after five to 10 years. Pay amounts to $47K after 10 to 20 years. Clinical Therapists who stay in the field for several decades see their salaries grow less quickly after 20 years, with incomes eventually hovering around $51K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 16 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10. Most of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

Pay Difference By Location

National Average
$41,000
Chicago
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Detroit
up arrow 12%
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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
up arrow 24%
Experienced
up arrow 15%
Mid-Career
up arrow 4%
National Average
$41,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

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%
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