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Mental Health Clinician Salary

Mental Health Clinicians in the United States pull down an average of $42K annually. Pay ranges from $33K on the low end to $61K per year on the high end. While years of experience and the specific company impact pay for this group, residence is the most influential factor. For the most part, Mental Health Clinicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Women make up the vast majority of Mental Health Clinicians (83 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
$33,276 - $56,236
(Median)
33K
42K
48K
56K
MEDIAN: $42,248
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$15.18 - $33.90
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$33,276 - $56,236  
   
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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$33,081 - $61,046  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 681
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$15.18 - $33.90  
   
Overtime
$1.57 - $37.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$33,081 - $61,046  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 214
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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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For Mental Health Clinicians, advancing into a Clinical Supervisor role, where the median salary is $51K, is not typical but is also not out of the question. More often than not, 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


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 seem to require a number of specific 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 10 percent, respectively. The majority of those who know 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.


For Mental Health Clinicians, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $41K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary 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 $58K.

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
up arrow 36%



National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Mental Health Clinician Salaries

Clinical Psychology
up arrow 29%

Bilingual
up arrow 10%

Counseling
0%

National Average
$43,000

Case Management
up arrow 1%

Group Therapy
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 240 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 17%