Median pay for Mental Health Clinicians in the United States is around $44K per year. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by the company and years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Women account for the majority of Mental Health Clinicians who took the survey — 83 percent to be exact. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$33,183 - $59,047
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$33K
$44K
$59K
MEDIAN: $43,659
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$14.82 - $32.41
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$33,183 - $59,047  
   
Bonus
$481.77 - $6,183  
Profit Sharing
$9,400  
Total Pay (?
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$32,578 - $61,293  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 680
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.82 - $32.41  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.50  
Overtime
$4.07 - $41.58  
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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$32,578 - $61,293  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 225
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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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As Mental Health Clinicians transition into upper-level roles such as Clinical Director, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Clinical Directors earn $72K on average 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


San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center, Inc. attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $58K.

Popular Skills for Mental Health Clinician


Survey results suggest that Mental Health Clinicians use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Lucky workers who know Clinical Psychology can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 27 percent above average. Spanish Language and Assessment are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 11 percent and 27 percent. 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.


For many Mental Health Clinicians, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. 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. Mental Health Clinicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $51K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make no more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $43,747

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, 21 percent above the national average. Mental Health Clinicians will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+20 percent), Anchorage (+15 percent), New York (+11 percent), and Philadelphia (+11 percent). The lowest-paying market is Springfield, which sits 20 percent below the national average. Seattle and Denver are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 14 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively.

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
$44,000


Skills That Affect Mental Health Clinician Salaries

Clinical Psychology
up arrow 27%

Assessment
up arrow 11%

Spanish Language
up arrow 11%

Bilingual
up arrow 5%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
up arrow 2%

Counseling
0%

Group Therapy
0%

National Average
$44,000

Case Management
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 88 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

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: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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