Mental Health Clinician Salary (United States)

A relatively junior crowd, more than half of Mental Health Clinicians have fewer than five years of experience under their belt and the average salary for the field is $42,540 per year. Compensation starts at $32,626 and can reach $61,131 per year. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though career duration and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Most workers in this profession enjoy health benefits; medical and dental coverage is claimed by most, and about half earn vision coverage. The majority of Mental Health Clinicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Mental Health Clinician Salary (?
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$32,847 - $56,580
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MEDIAN: $41,767
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Mental Health Clinician Salary (?
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$14.83 - $35.03
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$32,847 - $56,580  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,962  
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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$32,626 - $61,131  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 658
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.83 - $35.03  
   
Overtime
$1.36 - $37.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,962  
   
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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$32,626 - $61,131  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 207
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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, career advancement usually has a positive, though somewhat slight, impact on pay. Approaching the top of the pay scale, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) will earn $8,262 more than someone not as far along in their career. As Mental Health Clinicians progress in their field, many go on to become Mental Health Counselors. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, despite the $4,968 drop in pay. Another common career choice for Mental Health Clinicians is to move into a Clinical Supervisor role—this promotion comes with a pay raise of $8,155.

Mental Health Clinician Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Mental Health Clinician

For Mental Health Clinicians, comfortable salaries can be found at EMQ Families First; in fact, typical earnings are around $48,113, the highest in the area. Valley Cities Counseling and Consultation offers the lowest pay in the field, with a median salary of just $35,284.

Popular Skills for Mental Health Clinician

Mental Health Clinicians only report a few specific skills. Most notably, facility with Clinical Psychology and Bilingual are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 30 percent and 16 percent, respectively. Those educated in Case Management tend to be well-versed in 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 is not a major factor in determining pay, and incremental pay growth is standard. Starting at $40K, salaries for Mental Health Clinicians new to the field show little growth early on, reaching just $45K after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $49K. After spending 20 years in the field, salary continues to increase (though at a slower pace) for Mental Health Clinicians and pay is expected at $57K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 15 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 7 percent. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; most of respondents fit between this range.

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
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National Average
$43,000
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Philadelphia
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Springfield
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Indianapolis
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Chicago
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For Mental Health Clinicians, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Other big spenders include San Jose, Worcester, New York, and Phoenix, top-paying cities where Mental Health Clinicians see paychecks higher than average (+21 percent, +15 percent, +10 percent, and +8 percent). For Mental Health Clinicians, Columbus, Chicago, and Indianapolis, three Midwestern cities, are home to the lowest salaries in the United States, all claiming a rate below the national average. Workers in Chicago and Indianapolis earn less than others in this profession; their -16 percent and -12 percent-salaries fall short of the national 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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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$43,000

Skills That Affect Mental Health Clinician Salaries

Clinical Psychology
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Bilingual
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Counseling
0%
National Average
$43,000
Case Management
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Group Therapy
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 267 votes.

Gender

Female
83%
female alumni
 
Male
17%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 17%
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