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Mental Health Clinician Salary

Average Mental Health Clinicians in the United States make around $43K annually. Earnings generally vary between $33K and $61K per year. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — years of experience and the particular employer are driving factors as well. Most Mental Health Clinicians report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The vast majority of Mental Health Clinicians (83 percent) who participated in the survey are women. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$33,213 - $57,747
(Median)
$33K
$43K
$58K
MEDIAN: $42,668
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$15.01 - $32.56
(Median)
$15
$21
$33
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$33,213 - $57,747  
   
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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$32,871 - $60,843  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 731
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$15.01 - $32.56  
   
Overtime
$0.75 - $37.91  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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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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$32,871 - $60,843  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 209

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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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It is somewhat unusual to come across Mental Health Clinicians who move on to become Clinical Supervisors, but it does happen from time to time, and the median salary for that position sits slightly higher at $51K. The most common career progression for Mental Health Clinicians leads to becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, where average pay is $51K annually. However, many Mental Health Clinicians also opt to become Mental Health Counselors. Typically, a Mental Health Counselor brings home $38K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Mental Health Clinician


Valley Cities Counseling and Consultation offers the least pay with a median salary of $40K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $44K.

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 and Bilingual are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent and 6 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Diagnosis and Treatment Planning. Those familiar with Case Management also tend to know 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. 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. Mental Health Clinicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $49K. Mental Health Clinicians who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $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 6%

Counseling
0%

National Average
$43,000

Case Management
up arrow 1%

Group Therapy
up arrow 1%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 192 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
15%
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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