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Clinical Therapist Salary

Clinical Therapists in the United States pull down an average of $40K per year. Compensation ranges between $32K and $64K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Although close to one-fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and the greater part get dental coverage, too. The vast majority (83 percent) of Clinical Therapists who took the survey are female. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,988 - $59,707
(Median)
$31K
$40K
$60K
MEDIAN: $40,390
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90%

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$16.42 - $50.32
(Median)
$16
$23
$50
MEDIAN: $23.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,988 - $59,707  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,056  
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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$31,785 - $64,463  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 349
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$16.42 - $50.32  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $50.34  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,056  
   
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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$31,785 - $64,463  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 135

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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 $70K annually. Going from Clinical Therapist to Licensed Clinical Social Worker is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $51K. Many others choose to work as Mental Health Counselors, where pay is typically $38K.

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Job skills reported by Clinical Therapists are limited. Clinical Psychology and Counseling are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. It is not unusual for someone who knows Clinical Psychology to be familiar with Counseling as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Therapist

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


For many Clinical Therapists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $40K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $42K. On average, Clinical Therapists make $50K following one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $52K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Clinical Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

National Average
$42,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Skills That Affect Clinical Therapist Salaries


Counseling
up arrow 2%

National Average
$42,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 114 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 24%
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