Mental Health Clinician Salary

For Mental Health Clinicians, annual average wages total $43K per year. Earnings generally vary between $33K and $61K per year. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — tenure and the specific company are driving factors as well. The majority of Mental Health Clinicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up the vast majority of Mental Health Clinicians (83 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$33,306 - $57,888
(Median)
$33K
$43K
$58K
MEDIAN: $42,797
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$14.89 - $33.06
(Median)
$15
$21
$33
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$33,306 - $57,888  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,971  
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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$32,855 - $61,197  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 764
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.89 - $33.06  
   
Overtime
$0.36 - $38.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,971  
   
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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$32,855 - $61,197  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 226
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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 who go on to become Clinical Supervisors, career progression may result in slightly increased compensation. On average, a Clinical Supervisor earns $51K annually. Going from Mental Health Clinician to Licensed Clinical Social Worker is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $51K. Many others choose to work as Mental Health Counselors, where pay is typically $38K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Mental Health Clinician


Pay for Mental Health Clinicians is the lowest at Valley Cities Counseling and Consultation, which has a median salary of $40K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $44K.

Popular Skills for Mental Health Clinician


Survey results suggest that Mental Health Clinicians put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with Clinical Psychology and Bilingual are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent and 5 percent, respectively. It is often found that people who know Case Management are 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 with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $41K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $45K. On average, Mental Health Clinicians make $49K following one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $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 5%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
up arrow 3%

National Average
$43,000

Counseling
up arrow 1%

Case Management
up arrow 2%

Group Therapy
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 177 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
14%
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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