Mental Health Clinician Salary (United States)

A relatively inexperienced group of workers, a little over a half of Mental Health Clinicians report fewer than five years of experience; the average pay for this group is around $42,540 annually. Compensation starts at $32,626 and can reach $61,131 per year. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residency, followed by experience level and the individual firm. The greater part report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Most Mental Health Clinicians report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Mental Health Clinician Salary (?
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$32,847 - $56,580
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MEDIAN: $41,767
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Mental Health Clinician Salary (?
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$14.83 - $35.03
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$32,847 - $56,580  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,962  
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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$32,626 - $61,131  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 658
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.83 - $35.03  
   
Overtime
$1.36 - $37.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,962  
   
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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$32,626 - $61,131  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 207
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Job Description for Mental Health Clinician

Mental health clinicians help treat and diagnose individuals who have (or may have) any psychological issues. They work with patients directly using many different techniques, including evaluating patients, conducting therapy sessions (either individual or group), advocating for their patient, and attending court hearings on behalf of their patient. Mental health clinicians may work with individuals dealing with a number of difficult issues, such as addiction, relationship violence, and many different types of trauma.
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Mental Health Clinician Tasks
  • Participate in peer reviews and trainings, including making presentations.
  • Connect clients to services, support and resources.
  • Counsel clients during emergency and crisis events.
  • Work directly with clients to assess health, create plans and evaluate progress.
  • Visit clients at work, home or social settings to assess progress.

Common Career Paths for Mental Health Clinician

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Mental Health Clinicians may experience a boost in pay as they move up the career ladder. Usually, an upper-level role like Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) will bring in slightly more money—an additional $8,262 annually. A Mental Health Counselor role is the most prevalent career advancement for Mental Health Clinicians, though paychecks actually shrink by $4,968. a Clinical Supervisor position is another common transition for Mental Health Clinicians; in this role, salaries typically increase by $8,155.

Mental Health Clinician Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Mental Health Clinician

EMQ Families First attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area—the median in that office is $48,113. Valley Cities Counseling and Consultation offers the lowest pay in the field, with a median salary of just $35,284.

Popular Skills for Mental Health Clinician

Mental Health Clinicians generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, facility with Clinical Psychology and Bilingual are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 30 percent and 16 percent, respectively. Most people skilled in Case Management are similarly competent in Group Therapy.

Pay by Experience Level for Mental Health Clinician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Mental Health Clinicians with less experience do not necessarily bring home smaller paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to have little impact on salary. Pay increases slowly at first for Mental Health Clinicians, with starting salaries of $40K reaching $45K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $49K after one to two decades. After 20 years of work in the field, Mental Health Clinicians typically earn $57K and go on to enjoy (slight) increases in earnings. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 15 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 7 percent. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, most land within this range.

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
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Worcester
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New York
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Phoenix
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Hartford
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Seattle
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National Average
$43,000
Atlanta
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Philadelphia
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Boston
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Providence
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Springfield
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Indianapolis
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Chicago
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For Mental Health Clinicians, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 21 percent above the national average. Other big spenders include San Jose, Worcester, New York, and Phoenix, top-paying cities where Mental Health Clinicians see paychecks higher than average (+21 percent, +15 percent, +10 percent, and +8 percent). Midwestern cities Columbus, Chicago, and Indianapolis are less-than-lucrative areas for Mental Health Clinicians, where pay is not only lower than the national average but also represents the three lowest-paid areas in the country. Chicago and Indianapolis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median—salaries hover around -16 percent and -12 percent, respectively.

Mental Health Clinician Reviews

What is it like working as a Mental Health Clinician?
Mental Health Clinician in New Orleans:
"Helping Others Is Extremely Validating."
Pros: Having contact with other people, facilitating change and watching others grow and improve.
Cons: My casework is never ending.

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Experience Affects Mental Health Clinician Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$43,000

Skills That Affect Mental Health Clinician Salaries

Clinical Psychology
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Bilingual
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Counseling
0%
National Average
$43,000
Case Management
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Group Therapy
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 267 votes.

Gender

Female
83%
female alumni
 
Male
17%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 17%
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