Six-figure salaries are the norm for Child Psychiatrists in the United States, with median pay hovering around $208K per year. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Although somewhere between a fifth and a fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and the greater part get dental coverage, too. Male Child Psychiatrists are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 58 percent of the field. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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MEDIAN: $207,994
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$0$110K$220K$330K
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$130,000 - $264,034  
   
Bonus
$685 - $41,217  
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$144,383 - $312,001  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 167
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$87.50 - $186.66  
   
Hourly Tips
$5.00  
Overtime
$135.00  
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$0$140K$280K$420K
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$685 - $41,217  
   
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$144,383 - $312,001  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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Job Description for Physician, Child Psychiatrist

A child psychiatrist is a difficult, but often rewarding job. He or she must be able to interact with a number of children, ranging from those who face family problems in the home to those who are afflicted with a disorder such as ADD or ADHD. A psychiatrist must be able to gain a child's trust and build a relationship with his or her client in order to understand the mental state of the child he or she is treating. This requires a delicate bond and balance. In addition to interacting with the child, a psychiatrist must also be able to associate with the child's parents and/or guardians. This may involving recommending certain activities, treatments, or medications to provide the best health and mental well-being for the child.

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Physician, Child Psychiatrist Tasks

  • Treatment may require individual or group therapy and prescribing medication.
  • Conduct diagnostic assessments that give attention to multiple aspects of the child's health, including cognitive, educational, genetic, developmental, and more.
  • Diagnose and treat cognitive and behavioral disorders affecting children and adolescents.
  • Consult with other professionals in schools, juvenile courts, and community organizations as necessary.

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Pay by Experience Level for Physician, Child Psychiatrist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $192K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $232K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Child Psychiatrists make a median salary of $243K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $231K.

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Experience Affects Physician, Child Psychiatrist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Late-Career
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National Average
$222,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Physician, Child Psychiatrist Salaries

Psychiatry
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Child Psychiatry
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National Average
$222,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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