Mental Health Clinician Salary

Mental Health Clinicians in the United States can expect wages of $43K annually on average. Earnings sit near $33K on the lower side but can approach $61K per year on the higher side. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though career length and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Female Mental Health Clinicians far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Work is enjoyable for Mental Health Clinicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$33,348 - $57,769
(Median)
$33K
$43K
$58K
MEDIAN: $42,880
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$14.94 - $32.76
(Median)
$15
$21
$33
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$33,348 - $57,769  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,971  
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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$32,917 - $60,957  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 762
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.94 - $32.76  
   
Overtime
$0.36 - $38.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,971  
   
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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$32,917 - $60,957  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 222
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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 it's unusual, some Mental Health Clinicians transition into jobs as Clinical Supervisors. The latter group reports earning a slightly lower median of $51K per year, though. 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


Valley Cities Counseling and Consultation offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $40K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $31K to $44K.

Popular Skills for Mental Health Clinician


Mental Health Clinicians report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Clinical Psychology, Bilingual, and Diagnosis and Treatment Planning are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 5 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. 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.


For Mental Health Clinicians, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. 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. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $49K in this role. Mental Health Clinicians with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $51K.

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%

Bilingual
up arrow 5%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
up arrow 4%

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 182 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
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 16%
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