Clinical Therapist Salary (United States)

A relatively inexperienced group of workers, just over a half of Clinical Therapists report fewer than five years of experience; the average pay for this group is around $41,343 annually. Compensation generally starts at $31,211 and does not exceed $63,224 per year. Career length and geography each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. About one-fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, most report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this outline were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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 (?
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$31,211 - $63,224  
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  
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 make advancements in their career path, salaries may climb quite a bit. Those in less important roles may make $28K less annually than those in higher-end positions, such as Clinical Services Director. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) role is the most common promotion for Clinical Therapists moving up the ladder, and pay increases by $9,458 annually upon moving into this role. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Clinical Therapists is a Mental Health Counselor position, where earnings actually go down by $3,771.

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Clinical Therapists only report a few specific skills. Clinical Psychology and Counseling are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 17 percent and 5 percent respectively. Experience with Clinical Psychology is often linked with knowledge of Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Therapist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Clinical Therapists, experience is not a major factor in determining pay, and incremental pay growth is standard. In five to 10 years time, starting salaries of $39K can reach $42K. Salary comes to $47K after 10 to 20 years. After two decades on the job, Clinical Therapists see salary growth dwindle, averaging $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 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent. 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
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Falling short of the national average by 12 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Detroit.

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Experience Affects Clinical Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%
Experienced
up arrow 15%
Mid-Career
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National Average
$41,000
Entry-Level
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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%