Mental Health Clinician Salary

An average Mental Health Clinician in the United States can expect to take home roughly $44K annually. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by geography and years of experience. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 83 percent of Mental Health Clinicians are female. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$33,150 - $58,391
$33K
$44K
$58K
MEDIAN: $43,501
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$14.93 - $32.30
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$32
MEDIAN: $20.73
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$33,150 - $58,391  
   
Bonus
$481.77 - $6,183  
Profit Sharing
$9,400  
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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$32,707 - $60,839  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 680
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.93 - $32.30  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.50  
Overtime
$7.29 - $40.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$481.77 - $6,183  
   
Profit Sharing
$9,400  
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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$32,707 - $60,839  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 238

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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

  • Work directly with clients to assess health, create plans and evaluate progress.
  • Visit clients at work, home or social settings to assess progress.
  • Counsel clients during emergency and crisis events.
  • Participate in peer reviews and trainings, including making presentations.
  • Connect clients to services, support and resources.

Common Career Paths for Mental Health Clinician


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Mental Health Clinicians may progress into high-paying roles like Clinical Director, where median compensation is $71K annually. When Mental Health Clinicians are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Licensed Clinical Social Workers or Clinical Supervisors. Those roles pay an additional $8K and $9K, respectively.

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 San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center, Inc.; in fact, median earnings sit around $58K, the highest in the area.

Popular Skills for Mental Health Clinician


Survey results show that Mental Health Clinicians use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with Clinical Psychology, Assessment, and Spanish Language are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent, 11 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. For most people, competency in Case Management indicates knowledge of 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $42K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $48K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $51K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $52K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $43,646

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 21 percent. Mental Health Clinicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+19 percent), New York (+16 percent), Anchorage (+16 percent), and Oakland (+10 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 18 percent south of the national average, can be found in Indianapolis. Employers in Seattle and Chicago also lean toward paying below-median salaries (14 percent lower and 12 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
83 %
Male
17 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 85 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Mental Health Clinician Salaries

▲20%

▲16%

▲10%

National Average
$44,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Mental Health Clinician Salaries

Clinical Psychology
▲27%

Assessment
▲11%

Spanish Language
▲9%

Bilingual
▲5%


Counseling
▼0%

Group Therapy
▼0%

National Average
$44,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 85 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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