Mental Health Clinician Salary

For Mental Health Clinicians, yearly average wages total $44K annually. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but geography and experience level are influential factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Women account for the majority of Mental Health Clinicians who took the survey — 84 percent to be exact. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$33,648 - $57,889
$34K
$44K
$58K
MEDIAN: $43,806
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$14.91 - $32.62
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MEDIAN: $20.69
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$33,648 - $57,889  
   
Bonus
$150.00 - $7,800  
Profit Sharing
$15,000  
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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$32,982 - $60,690  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 643
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.91 - $32.62  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.50  
Overtime
$4.86 - $40.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$150.00 - $7,800  
   
Profit Sharing
$15,000  
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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$32,982 - $60,690  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 239

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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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Mental Health Clinicians' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Clinical Director. The average Clinical Director brings home $72K per year. Career advancement for the typical Mental Health Clinician often leads to becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker or a Clinical Supervisor; median salaries in these positions are $8K higher and $9K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Mental Health Clinician


EMQ Families First, Valley Cities Counseling and Consultation, San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center, Inc., sound mental health, and Clinical and Support Options are all popular places to work. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center, Inc. offers the most; Mental Health Clinicians earn $58K on average there.

Popular Skills for Mental Health Clinician


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Clinical Psychology, Assessment, and Spanish Language are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 10 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Those familiar with Case Management also tend to know Group Therapy.

Pay by Experience Level for Mental Health Clinician

Pay by Experience for a Mental Health Clinician has a positive trend. An entry-level Mental Health Clinician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 623 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Mental Health Clinician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 222 salaries. An experienced Mental Health Clinician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 128 salaries. A Mental Health Clinician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 60 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $43,858

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

San Jose offers some of the highest pay in the country for Mental Health Clinicians, 20 percent above the national average. Mental Health Clinicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+17 percent), New York (+16 percent), Anchorage (+15 percent), and Philadelphia (+11 percent). Falling short of the national average by 18 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Indianapolis. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Springfield and Seattle (16 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively).

Mental Health Clinician Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Mental Health Clinician

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 79 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Mental Health Clinician Salaries

▲19%

▲16%

▲8%

National Average
$44,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Mental Health Clinician Salaries

Clinical Psychology
▲26%

Assessment
▲10%

Spanish Language
▲8%

Bilingual
▲7%


▲1%


National Average
$44,000


Crisis Intervention
▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 79 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
no benefits
None: 17%