Physician, Child Psychiatrist Salary (United States)

Child Psychiatrists enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($191,511) annually in the United States. The top of the range reaches $283,194 per year, and the bottom approaches $104,019. Although most have medical coverage and a majority have dental coverage, about a quarter claim no health benefits at all. Women are just slightly outnumbered in the field, with male Child Psychiatrists making up 58 percent of workers. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Child Psychiatrists. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Physician, Child Psychiatrist Salary (?
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$99,284 - $241,079
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MEDIAN: $181,299
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Physician, Child Psychiatrist Salary (?
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$75.33 - $199.00
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$99,284 - $241,079  
   
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$0.00 - $29,003  
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$104,019 - $283,194  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 306
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$0$110$220$330
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$75.33 - $199.00  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $320.56  
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$0.00 - $29,003  
   
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$104,019 - $283,194  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 67
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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.
For Child Psychiatrists, experience in the field does not tend to play a major role in salary decisions; in general, pay does not go up drastically with more experience, and earnings grow incrementally instead. $177K per year, a sizable six-figure salary, is the starting point for workers in this profession. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at about $210K. A 20-year tenure heralds decreased salary growth, and Child Psychiatrists who have made it this far report earning around about $210K per year. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a quarter of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 5 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 16 percent. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, more than half land within this range.

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Experience Affects Physician, Child Psychiatrist Salaries

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Gender

Female
42%
female alumni
 
Male
58%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 23%
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