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. Compensation generally starts at $104,019 and does not exceed $283,194 per year. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits—23 percent lack coverage. On the flip side, most have medical insurance and a majority receive dental plans. Male Child Psychiatrists are just a bit more common than females ones, with males workers composing 58 percent of the field. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Child Psychiatrists. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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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MEDIAN: $125.00
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National Salary Data

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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
Hourly Rate
$75.33 - $199.00  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $320.56  
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$0$220K$440K$660K
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$0.00 - $29,003  
   
Total Pay (?
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$104,019 - $283,194  
PayScale
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.
Child Psychiatrists do not generally earn higher salaries from more experience in the field—in most many but not all cases, experience is not a driving force behind pay increase. Paychecks hover around six figures from career onset with typical starting salaries of $177K per year. Pay amounts to about $210K after 10 to 20 years. Child Psychiatrists who stay in the field for several decades see their salaries grow less quickly after 20 years, with incomes eventually hovering around about $210K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 25 percent 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. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work—of those who took the survey, more than half land within this radius.

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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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