Medical Directors of Psychiatry in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $222K annually. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — about one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and the greater part receive dental plans. Male Medical Directors of Psychiatry are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 63 percent of professionals. Most Medical Directors of Psychiatry report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$159,711 - $302,269
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MEDIAN: $222,469
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$101.37 - $271.24
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MEDIAN: $144.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$159,711 - $302,269  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $48,936  
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$164,545 - $342,166  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 76
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Hourly Rate
$101.37 - $271.24  
   
Overtime
$75.00  
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$0.00 - $48,936  
   
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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$164,545 - $342,166  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 21
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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 may actually experience a considerable salary drop if they transition into a Child Psychiatrist position. Pay for Child Psychiatrists averages $179K per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Medical Director, Psychiatry

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


Medical Directors of Psychiatry do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Even the relatively untested can score weighty six-figure salaries; survey participants with less than five years' experience report earning a median of $192K per year. Medical Directors of Psychiatry claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $241K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $278K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Medical Director, Psychiatry Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$248,000

Experienced
up arrow 3%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

Entry-Level
up arrow 23%

Skills That Affect Medical Director, Psychiatry Salaries

Psychiatry
up arrow 12%

National Average
$248,000

Clinical Supervision
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
40%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
medical benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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