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Mental Health Clinician Salary (United States)

A relatively inexperienced group of workers, over one-half of Mental Health Clinicians report fewer than five years of experience; the average pay for this group is around $42K annually. Compensation ranges from $33K on the lower end to $61K per year on the higher end. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by experience level and the specific company. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a fair portion earn dental coverage. The vast majority of Mental Health Clinicians (83 percent) are women. Work is enjoyable for Mental Health Clinicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Mental Health Clinician Salary (?
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$32,847 - $56,580
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33K
42K
48K
57K
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  
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  
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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Compensation may increase for Mental Health Clinicians who advance to upper-end positions like Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who report median income of $51K. More often than not, a Mental Health Counselor role is the next step for Mental Health Clinicians moving up in the field. Pay for Mental Health Counselors is usually $38K. Many Mental Health Clinicians choose to take on a Clinical Supervisor role instead, where salaries are typically $51K.

Mental Health Clinician Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Mental Health Clinician

EMQ Families First offers the largest salaries in town — $48K on average. EMQ Families First is also at the bottom of the scale.

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 30 percent and 16 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.
Mental Health Clinicians do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. During the first five years of their careers, Mental Health Clinicians see a median income of $40K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $45K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Mental Health Clinicians make a median salary of $49K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $57K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up nearly one-seventh of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent.

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
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New York
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National Average
$43,000
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Philadelphia
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Home to some of the best pay for Mental Health Clinicians, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 21 percent above the national average. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like San Jose, Worcester, New York, and Phoenix, top-paying markets where Mental Health Clinicians rake in more than the national norm (+21 percent, +15 percent, +10 percent, and +8 percent). For Mental Health Clinicians, location is an influential factor in determining pay. Three cities in the Midwest — Columbus, Chicago, and Indianapolis — not only report salaries that trail behind the national average, but are in fact the lowest-paid American cities for those in the field. Below-median salaries also turn up in Chicago and Indianapolis (16 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

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%