Medical Director, Psychiatry Salary
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.
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.Read More...
Those in this position should have limited contact with patients during intake and focus on directing the patient's treatment based on the team's recommendations. The work is largely mental with little physical labor to perform.
The medical director of psychiatry must oversee other psychiatrists assigned to a treatment team, as well as psychiatric nurses, physician assistants, and, occasionally, psychiatric interns. They themselves report either to a section chief or directly to the hospital administration.
Typically, a medical director of psychiatry must be a doctor of either medicine or osteopathy, and must be board-eligible in psychiatry. As little as three years of post-residency experience in mental health treatment may also be required. Finally, those in this position must have medical certification from the state in which the job is offered.
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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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.