Medical Director, Psychiatry Salary

Average pay for a Medical Director of Psychiatry in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $203K per year. For the most part, Medical Directors of Psychiatry enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — nearly one-fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and a majority receive dental plans. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 63 percent of Medical Directors of Psychiatry are male. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$127,809 - $285,840
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MEDIAN: $202,604
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$90.99 - $225.00
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MEDIAN: $131.00
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$127,809 - $285,840  
   
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$0.00 - $46,128  
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$136,719 - $308,866  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 176
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$0$160K$320K$480K
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$0.00 - $46,128  
   
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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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$136,719 - $308,866  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 34
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Job Description for Medical Director, Psychiatry

A medical director of psychiatry is responsible for the direction and oversight of psychiatric evaluations, medications, and medical management, as well as leadership of a treatment team. Those in this position must also direct performance-improvement activities and serve as advocates for the needs and rights of both team members and patients. This job is typically indoors, as these directors work in hospitals and other care facilities.

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Medical Director, Psychiatry Tasks

  • Develop and implement behavioral health and recovery services and systems.
  • Develop, evaluate, approve and revise clinical policy and protocols.
  • Provide patient care and follow up services, including assessing patient care plans.
  • Manage and oversee daily clinical and administrative operations.
  • Attend and present at meetings with other departments and area groups and agencies.

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Medical Directors of Psychiatry note just a narrow range of job skills. Psychiatry and Clinical Supervision are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Director, Psychiatry

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


New workers enjoy hefty six-figure paychecks when they take on this position — $204K per year is the median for people who claim less than five years' experience. On average, Medical Directors of Psychiatry make $207K following one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $231K.

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Experience Affects Medical Director, Psychiatry Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$216,000

Experienced
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Medical Director, Psychiatry Salaries

Psychiatry
up arrow 3%

Clinical Supervision
up arrow 2%

National Average
$216,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
43%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 24%
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