Medical Director, Psychiatry Salary

Average pay for a Medical Director of Psychiatry in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $202K per year. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — nearly one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. Most Medical Directors of Psychiatry like their work and job satisfaction is high. Male Medical Directors of Psychiatry are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 66 percent of professionals. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$128,688 - $282,741
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$130K
$200K
$280K
MEDIAN: $201,988
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$91.00 - $188.94
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$190
MEDIAN: $131.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$128,688 - $282,741  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $46,308  
Total Pay (?
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$140,978 - $308,048  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 170
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Hourly Rate
$91.00 - $188.94  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Bonus
$0.00 - $46,308  
   
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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$140,978 - $308,048  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | 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.

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Survey takers who work as Medical Directors of Psychiatry report a focused set of job skills. Psychiatry and Clinical Supervision are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 4 percent and 3 percent, respectively.

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 $206K per year. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $204K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $240K on average.

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Experience Affects Medical Director, Psychiatry Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$216,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Skills That Affect Medical Director, Psychiatry Salaries

Psychiatry
up arrow 4%

Clinical Supervision
up arrow 3%

National Average
$216,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
40%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 25%