Mental Health Clinician Salary

Pay for Mental Health Clinicians in the United States sits in the ballpark of $43K per year. The pay spectrum stretches from $33K to $61K per year. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by years of experience and the particular employer. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Mental Health Clinicians. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Women account for the majority of Mental Health Clinicians who took the survey — 83 percent to be exact. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$33,387 - $57,585

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$14.87 - $33.12

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$33,387 - $57,585  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,988  
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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$32,893 - $61,117  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 757
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.87 - $33.12  
   
Overtime
$0.36 - $39.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,988  
   
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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$32,893 - $61,117  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 224
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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 enjoy a small increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder to roles like Clinical Supervisor, which pays $51K on average annually. More often than not, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker role is the next step for Mental Health Clinicians moving up in the field. Licensed Clinical Social Workers usually make $51K per year. Many other Mental Health Clinicians choose to take on a Mental Health Counselor role, where salaries are typically $38K.

Mental Health Clinician Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Mental Health Clinician


Valley Cities Counseling and Consultation offers the least pay with a median salary of $40K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $44K.

Popular Skills for Mental Health Clinician


Survey results imply that Mental Health Clinicians put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with Clinical Psychology and Bilingual are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Most people familiar with Case Management also know 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average beginner in this position makes around $41K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $46K. For Mental Health Clinicians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $49K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $52K.

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




National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Mental Health Clinician Salaries

Clinical Psychology
up arrow 29%

Bilingual
up arrow 5%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
up arrow 2%

National Average
$43,000

Counseling
up arrow 1%

Case Management
up arrow 2%

Group Therapy
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 170 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 16%
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