Clinical Therapist Salary

The average Clinical Therapist in the United States earns approximately $41K annually. Earnings sit near $32K on the lower side but can approach $64K per year on the higher side. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Clinical Therapists who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 84 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Clinical Therapists. While close to one-fourth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and the larger part have dental, as well. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$31,153 - $59,342
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$31K
$41K
$59K
MEDIAN: $40,638
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$16.55 - $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
$31,153 - $59,342  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,024  
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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$31,932 - $63,944  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 335
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.55 - $38.79  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $72.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,024  
   
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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$31,932 - $63,944  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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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Clinical Therapists who advance into the role of a Clinical Director are fairly uncommon. Clinical Directors on average earn $70K per year. Becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker is, more often than not, the most common role that Clinical Therapists move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $51K. Another frequent advance is for Clinical Therapists to assume a Mental Health Counselor role; in this role, workers often earn $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 12 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Competency in Clinical Psychology frequently indicates knowledge of Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Therapist

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


Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $42K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $41K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $52K in this role. Clinical Therapists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

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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 4%

National Average
$43,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 94 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
19%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 25%
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