Mental Health Clinician Salary

Mental Health Clinicians in the United States can expect wages of $43K per year on average. Pay generally varies between $33K and $61K per year. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by career duration and the individual firm. The vast majority of Mental Health Clinicians (83 percent) who participated in the survey are women. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$33,519 - $58,747
(Median)
$34K
$43K
$59K
MEDIAN: $43,061
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$14.66 - $33.48
(Median)
$15
$21
$33
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$33,519 - $58,747  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,969  
Profit Sharing
$3,400  
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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$32,920 - $61,379  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 870
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.66 - $33.48  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.25  
Overtime
$1.71 - $39.21  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,969  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,400  
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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$32,920 - $61,379  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 267
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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 do not often transition into Clinical Director roles. The role averages $71K per year. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker role is the most common promotion for Mental Health Clinicians moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $51K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Mental Health Clinicians is a Mental Health Counselor position, where earnings are usually $38K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Mental Health Clinician


Heading up the field in terms of compensation, San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center, Inc. offers the most; Mental Health Clinicians earn $50K on average there.

Mental Health Clinicians will find the worst pay at Valley Cities Counseling and Consultation, where the median salary crawls in at $40K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $44K, leaving little room for growth.

Popular Skills for Mental Health Clinician


Mental Health Clinicians report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Clinical Psychology, Assessment, and Bilingual are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 24 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Those proficient in Case Management are, more often than not, also skilled in Group Therapy.

Pay by Experience Level for Mental Health Clinician

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Mental Health Clinicians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $41K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $46K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $50K. As Mental Health Clinicians reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $55K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $43,254

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Mental Health Clinicians, working in the bustling city of San Jose has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Mental Health Clinicians will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+21 percent), Anchorage (+16 percent), Boston (+7 percent), and New York (+6 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 17 percent south of the national average, can be found in Indianapolis. Workers in Chicago and Seattle earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (16 percent less and 11 percent less, 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




National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Mental Health Clinician Salaries

Clinical Psychology
up arrow 28%

Assessment
up arrow 24%

Bilingual
up arrow 8%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
up arrow 1%

National Average
$43,000

Counseling
up arrow 1%

Group Therapy
up arrow 2%

Case Management
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 175 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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