Psychiatrist Salary

The three top-paying cities for Psychiatrists in the United States — San Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles — are all in California. In the world of Psychiatrists, overall income ranges from $100K near the bottom to $273K at the top; this can include more than $26K from bonuses and more than $138K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though experience level and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. Male 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. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — roughly a fifth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and the greater part receive dental plans. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$98,518 - $248,364
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$99K
$180K
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MEDIAN: $183,611
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$58.88 - $179.76
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MEDIAN: $118.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Salary
$98,518 - $248,364  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,532  
Profit Sharing
$223.01 - $138,086  
Total Pay (?
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$100,387 - $273,020  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,227
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$58.88 - $179.76  
   
Overtime
$17.62 - $201.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,532  
   
Profit Sharing
$223.01 - $138,086  
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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$100,387 - $273,020  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 221
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Job Description for Psychiatrist

A psychiatrist meets with patients and determines if a mental disorder is present. An evaluation of the patient’s symptoms, behavior, and past medical history will be carried out. Tests may also be performed to determine any issues that are present. The psychiatrist will also help the patient to manage, ease, or heal a disorder, which may be done by administering treatments or medications.

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Psychiatrist Tasks

  • Prescribe, direct and administer psychotherapeutic treatments or medications.
  • Diagnose, treat and help prevent disorders of the mind.
  • Manage caseload and documentation.
  • Review, evaluate and collaborate with other professionals to discuss treatment plans, progress and outcomes.

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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Psychiatrists who took the survey. Psychiatry and Psychiatric are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Employees educated in Psychiatric are typically practiced in Psychiatry, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Psychiatrist

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Psychiatrists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $174K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $193K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Psychiatrists make a median salary of $204K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $216K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $190,889

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For Psychiatrists, above-average compensation can be found in California — San Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles are known as the cities with the best salaries for Psychiatrists. The smallest paychecks in the market, 15 percent south of the national average, can be found in Atlanta. Employers also pay below the national average in Boston and Philadelphia (8 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Psychiatrist Salaries




National Average
$191,000


Skills That Affect Psychiatrist Salaries

Psychiatry
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$191,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 143 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
medical benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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