Medical Director, Psychiatry Salary

Average pay for a Medical Director of Psychiatry in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $205K per year. Some workers in this field — nearly one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by a majority. Most Medical Directors of Psychiatry report high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of Medical Directors of Psychiatry (61 percent) survey respondents are male. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$139,620 - $289,684
(Median)
$140K
$210K
$290K
MEDIAN: $205,499
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$88.32 - $175.17
(Median)
$88
$130
$180
MEDIAN: $127.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$110K$220K$330K
Salary
$139,620 - $289,684  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $49,367  
Profit Sharing
$27,000  
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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$145,019 - $309,607  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 175
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$88.32 - $175.17  
   
Overtime
$60.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$0.00 - $49,367  
   
Profit Sharing
$27,000  
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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$145,019 - $309,607  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 36
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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.

Common Career Paths for Medical Director, Psychiatry


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For Medical Directors of Psychiatry who take on Child Psychiatrist roles, career progression may result in somewhat decreased compensation. On average, the latter position pays $177K.

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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Medical Directors of Psychiatry who took the survey. 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.


Even the relatively untested can earn a lot; individuals who have been working for fewer than five years report a median six-figure salary of $199K per year. After working for 10 to 20 years, Medical Directors of Psychiatry make a median salary of $211K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $248K.

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Experience Affects Medical Director, Psychiatry Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$220,000

Experienced
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Medical Director, Psychiatry Salaries

Psychiatry
0%

Clinical Supervision
0%

National Average
$220,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
42%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
medical benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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