Clinical Therapist Salary

Clinical Therapists in the United States pull down an average of $41K annually. Pay generally varies between $32K and $64K per year. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Some workers in this field — approximately one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. Female Clinical Therapists far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Most Clinical Therapists like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,242 - $59,917

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$16.55 - $38.79

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$31,242 - $59,917  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,027  
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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$32,031 - $64,168  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 333
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.55 - $38.79  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $73.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,027  
   
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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$32,031 - $64,168  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 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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Though some Clinical Therapists move into positions like Clinical Director (where the average salary is $70K), this progression is not the norm. The most common career progression for Clinical Therapists leads to becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, where average pay is $51K annually. However, many Clinical Therapists also opt to become Mental Health Counselors. Typically, a Mental Health Counselor brings home $38K.

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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Clinical Therapists who took the survey. Clinical Psychology and Counseling are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 13 percent and 3 percent, respectively. Clinical Psychology and Counseling are also commonly seen together.

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 $41K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $42K. On average, Clinical Therapists make $52K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

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Experience Affects Clinical Therapist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

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 91 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
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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