Clinical Therapist Salary

The average Clinical Therapist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $41K annually. Lower pay rates hover around $32K, and the higher rates verge on $64K per year. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Clinical Therapists report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Clinical Therapists (84 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, about one in four are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by more than half. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$31,079 - $59,825
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$31K
$41K
$60K
MEDIAN: $40,692
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$16.53 - $38.79
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MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$31,079 - $59,825  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,029  
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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$31,891 - $63,912  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 335
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$16.53 - $38.79  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $51.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,029  
   
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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$31,891 - $63,912  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 134
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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 $70K annually. The most common promotion for Clinical Therapists is Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a position that typically pays $51K annually. Another standard transition for Clinical Therapists seeking advancement is to assume a Mental Health Counselor role, where pay is often $38K.

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Professional skills reported by Clinical Therapists are few in number. Clinical Psychology and Counseling are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 12 percent and 3 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.


The average inexperienced worker earns $41K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $42K. Clinical Therapists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $52K. 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.

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Experience Affects Clinical Therapist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

National Average
$43,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Clinical Therapist Salaries


Counseling
up arrow 3%

National Average
$43,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 95 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 25%
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