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Psychotherapist Salary (United States)

A typical Psychotherapist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $48K per year. The bottom of the pay range sits near $36K, and the top verges on $166K per year. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although slightly less than half lack health benefits of any kind, just over a half do enjoy medical insurance, and nearly two in five get dental coverage, too. Female Psychotherapists make up most of the field at 75 percent. Job satisfaction for Psychotherapists is high. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Psychotherapist Salary (?
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$34,431 - $74,975
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MEDIAN: $48,461
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Psychotherapist Salary (?
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$19.74 - $124.28
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MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data

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$34,431 - $74,975  
   
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$0.00 - $1,998  
Total Pay (?
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$35,973 - $165,633  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 438
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Hourly Rate
$19.74 - $124.28  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $99.33  
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$0.00 - $1,998  
   
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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$35,973 - $165,633  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 282
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Job Description for Psychotherapist

A psychotherapist assists individuals, families and specific groups to help with identifying trauma and psychological issues that may be affecting their lives on an emotional, behavioral and/or psychological level. Understanding inner conflicts as well as processing a patient's emotions, behaviors and thought patterns are among the responsibilities of a psychotherapist. A psychotherapist works with a variety of therapy methods, including hypo-psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and even humanistic and integrative psychotherapy. Scheduling individual and group therapy sessions is an important duty of psychotherapists, allowing multiple options for those who are seeking counseling and advice of any kind.
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Psychotherapist Tasks
  • Counsel individuals, groups or families to help them understand problems and develop treatment plans.
  • Identify psychological, emotional or behavioral issues and diagnose disorders.
  • Manage caseload and documentation.
  • Provide for referrals and community contacts.

Common Career Paths for Psychotherapist

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Though not the most common occurrence, Psychotherapists sometimes become Clinical Psychologists, where the average income is $69K per year. A lot of Psychotherapists advance their careers by becoming Licensed Clinical Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists. However, those positions offer $3K less and $9K less per year on average.

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Popular Skills for Psychotherapist

Survey results show that Psychotherapists typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with Clinical Psychology, Counseling, and Spanish Language can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Spanish Language. It is often found that people who know Clinical Psychology are also skilled in Spanish Language.

Pay by Experience Level for Psychotherapist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Psychotherapists. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $45K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $54K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Psychotherapists make a median salary of $64K. Psychotherapists who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $72K. The largest share of Psychotherapists have one to 10 years of experience, followed by those with 10 to 20 years. Workers who have been working for more than 20 years are the least common.

Pay Difference By Location

Seattle
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New York
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San Francisco
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Boston
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Los Angeles
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Houston
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National Average
$54,000
Philadelphia
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Charlotte
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Milwaukee
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Chicago
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Denver
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Boulder
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Psychotherapists will find that Seattle offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 170 percent. Also paying near the top of the field are New York, San Francisco, Boston, and Los Angeles, where Psychotherapists annually earn 35 percent, 31 percent, 19 percent, and 18 percent more than the national average. Compared to the national average, Boulder Psychotherapists have considerably lower salaries, 23 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Below-median salaries also turn up in Denver and Chicago (17 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Psychotherapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%
Experienced
up arrow 19%
National Average
$54,000

Skills That Affect Psychotherapist Salaries

Clinical Psychology
up arrow 4%
Counseling
0%
National Average
$54,000
Spanish Language
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 213 votes.

Gender

Female
75%
female alumni
 
Male
25%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 53% dental benefits Dental: 41%
vision benefits Vision: 30% employee benefits None: 47%