Salaries for Psychiatrists in the United States average out at around $191K annually, but San Diego employers pay the most, offering approximately $288K on average. Psychiatrists will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+8 percent) and San Francisco (+3 percent). The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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.Read More...
Throughout treatment, the care that is administered should be evaluated to determine if the treatment is working. It may also be necessary to work with the patient’s other health providers, in order to gather feedback and to determine what sort of care should be administered. In some cases, the psychiatrist may also recommend that the patient meets with a psychologist, so that counseling services can be provided. It is also important to keep a strong network of resources. A psychiatrist also helps to prevent mental disorders from occurring. This can be helpful, especially to people who have gone through traumatic events. Strong communication skills are necessary, in order to work well with patients, patients’ families, and other medical providers. The psychiatrist will educate the patients and the patients’ families as to the various aspects of the illness and how they can be cared for at home.
The psychiatrist should be licensed as a board-certified psychologist. Graduation from an accredited medical school of psychiatry is also necessary.
- Manage caseload and documentation.
- Review, evaluate and collaborate with other professionals to discuss treatment plans, progress and outcomes.
- Prescribe, direct and administer psychotherapeutic treatments or medications.
- Diagnose, treat and help prevent disorders of the mind.
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For Psychiatrists, comfortable salaries can be found at Self-Employed; in fact, median earnings sit around $232K, the highest in the area.
Pay by Experience Level for Psychiatrist
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For many Psychiatrists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Even the relatively untested can earn a lot; individuals who have been working for fewer than five years report a median six-figure salary of $181K per year. For Psychiatrists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $211K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $230K.
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