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Mental Health Clinician Salary

Mental Health Clinicians in the United States can expect to earn an average of $43K annually. Lower pay rates hover around $33K, and the higher rates verge on $61K per year. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by residence, but experience level and the particular employer are influential factors as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 83 percent of Mental Health Clinicians are female. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$33,239 - $57,850
(Median)
$33K
$43K
$58K
MEDIAN: $42,720
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$14.97 - $32.34
(Median)
$15
$21
$32
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$33,239 - $57,850  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,973  
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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$32,867 - $60,816  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 744
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.97 - $32.34  
   
Overtime
$0.75 - $37.91  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,973  
   
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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$32,867 - $60,816  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 215
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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. Becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker is, more often than not, the most common role that Mental Health Clinicians move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $51K. Another frequent advance is for Mental Health Clinicians to assume a Mental Health Counselor role; in this role, workers often earn $38K.

Mental Health Clinician Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Mental Health Clinician


Valley Cities Counseling and Consultation doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $40K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $44K and scope of pay is rather limited.

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 29 percent and 6 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 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 with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $48K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Mental Health Clinicians with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary 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 6%

National Average
$43,000

Counseling
up arrow 1%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
up arrow 1%

Case Management
up arrow 2%

Group Therapy
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 191 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
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%
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