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Clinical Therapist Salary

Pay for Clinical Therapists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $40K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although a fair number have medical coverage and the larger part have dental coverage, roughly one in four claim no health benefits at all. Most Clinical Therapists report high levels of job satisfaction. Clinical Therapists who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 84 percent. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
$30,631 - $58,885
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MEDIAN: $39,937
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$16.19 - $41.37
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,631 - $58,885  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,075  
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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$31,349 - $63,922  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 429
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$16.19 - $41.37  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $49.32  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,075  
   
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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$31,349 - $63,922  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 173
United States (change)

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. 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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Typical Clinical Therapists report a focused set of job skills. Clinical Psychology and Counseling are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 16 percent and 5 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.


For Clinical Therapists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $40K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $43K on average. Clinical Therapists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $50K. Clinical Therapists who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $52K.

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Experience Affects Clinical Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$42,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Skills That Affect Clinical Therapist Salaries

Clinical Psychology
up arrow 16%


National Average
$42,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 195 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 24%