Mental Health Clinician Salary

Mental Health Clinicians in the United States take home approximately $43K per year on average. Compensation ranges between $33K and $61K per year. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by years of experience and the particular employer. There are far more female Mental Health Clinicians who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 83 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Mental Health Clinicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$33,519 - $58,747
(Median)
$34K
$43K
$59K
MEDIAN: $43,061
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$14.66 - $33.48
(Median)
$15
$21
$33
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$33,519 - $58,747  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,969  
Profit Sharing
$3,400  
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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$32,920 - $61,379  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 870
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.66 - $33.48  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.25  
Overtime
$1.71 - $39.21  
National Annualized 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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,969  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,400  
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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$32,920 - $61,379  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 267
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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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While Mental Health Clinicians do not often become Clinical Directors, the job pays $71K per year on average. More often than not, a 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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Mental Health Clinician


San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center, Inc. offers the largest salaries in town — $50K on average.

Valley Cities Counseling and Consultation offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $40K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $32K to $44K.

Popular Skills for Mental Health Clinician


Survey results imply that Mental Health Clinicians put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with Clinical Psychology, Assessment, and Bilingual are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 24 percent, and 8 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 with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $41K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $46K. Mental Health Clinicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $50K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Mental Health Clinician generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $55K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $43,254

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

Mental Health Clinicians will find that San Jose offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 23 percent. Mental Health Clinicians will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+21 percent), Anchorage (+16 percent), Boston (+7 percent), and New York (+6 percent). Falling short of the national average by 17 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Indianapolis. Employers also pay below the national average in Chicago (16 percent lower) and Seattle (11 percent lower).

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 28%

Assessment
up arrow 24%

Bilingual
up arrow 8%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
up arrow 1%

National Average
$43,000

Counseling
up arrow 1%

Group Therapy
up arrow 2%

Case Management
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 175 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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