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Medical Director, Psychiatry Salary

Generous salaries abound for Medical Directors of Psychiatry in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($202K) per year. The majority of Medical Directors of Psychiatry (65 percent) who took the survey are men. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and nearly one-fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$130,062 - $282,057
(Median)
$130K
$200K
$280K
MEDIAN: $202,473
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$90.77 - $206.08
(Median)
$91
$130
$210
MEDIAN: $129.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$110K$220K$330K
Salary
$130,062 - $282,057  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $46,128  
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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$143,123 - $307,398  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 176
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$90.77 - $206.08  
   
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Bonus
$0.00 - $46,128  
   
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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$143,123 - $307,398  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 35
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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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Professional skills reported by Medical Directors of Psychiatry are few in number. 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.


Six-figure salaries are not unusual for those just entering the occupation — survey respondents with less than five years' experience under their belts report receiving an average of $205K per year. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $206K. Medical Directors of Psychiatry who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $234K.

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Experience Affects Medical Director, Psychiatry Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$216,000

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Skills That Affect Medical Director, Psychiatry Salaries

Psychiatry
up arrow 5%

Clinical Supervision
up arrow 2%

National Average
$216,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
41%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 24%
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