Mental Health Clinician Salary

For Mental Health Clinicians, annual average wages total $43K per year. Lower pay rates hover around $33K, and the higher rates verge on $61K per year. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience and the particular employer. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Mental Health Clinicians is high. There are far more female Mental Health Clinicians who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 82 percent. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$33,186 - $57,566
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$33K
$43K
$58K
MEDIAN: $42,639
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$15.01 - $32.65
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$15
$21
$33
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$33,186 - $57,566  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,980  
Total Pay (?
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$32,844 - $61,103  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 721
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$15.01 - $32.65  
   
Overtime
$0.75 - $37.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,980  
   
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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$32,844 - $61,103  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 209

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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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Although some Mental Health Clinicians become Clinical Supervisor, this progression is not the norm. However, the latter position does pay a little more at $51K. The most common career progression for Mental Health Clinicians leads to becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, where average pay is $51K annually. However, many Mental Health Clinicians also opt to become Mental Health Counselors. Typically, a Mental Health Counselor brings home $38K.

Mental Health Clinician Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Mental Health Clinician


Salaries are easily beat at Valley Cities Counseling and Consultation, where median pay comes to just $40K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $31K and ending at $44K, range in salary is rather small.

Popular Skills for Mental Health Clinician


Mental Health Clinicians report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Clinical Psychology and Bilingual are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent and 6 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Diagnosis and Treatment Planning. Those familiar with Case Management also tend to 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 with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $41K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $45K. Mental Health Clinicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $49K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $52K on average.

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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National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Mental Health Clinician Salaries

Clinical Psychology
up arrow 29%

Bilingual
up arrow 6%

Counseling
0%

Group Therapy
0%

National Average
$43,000

Case Management
up arrow 1%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 205 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 16%