Pay for Psychotherapists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $52K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Female Psychotherapists far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Although a little over a half have medical coverage and approximately two in five have dental coverage, slightly less than half claim no health benefits at all. The majority of Psychotherapists claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$38,453 - $89,775
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MEDIAN: $52,359
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$20.49 - $119.65
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$38,453 - $89,775  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,424  
Profit Sharing
$8,500  
Total Pay (?
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$39,550 - $142,176  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 351
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Hourly Rate
$20.49 - $119.65  
   
Overtime
$0.07 - $59.60  
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,424  
   
Profit Sharing
$8,500  
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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$39,550 - $142,176  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 216

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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

  • Manage caseload and documentation.
  • Provide for referrals and community contacts.
  • Counsel individuals, groups or families to help them understand problems and develop treatment plans.
  • Identify psychological, emotional or behavioral issues and diagnose disorders.

Common Career Paths for Psychotherapist


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Psychotherapists who advance into the role of a Clinical Director are fairly uncommon. Clinical Directors on average earn $71K per year. Given that the median pay is $52K, it may be surprising to find that a Licensed Clinical Social Worker is the most common role for Psychotherapists to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Clinical Psychologist role — which pays $71K — is also typical for Psychotherapists, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for Psychotherapist


Survey results suggest that Psychotherapists put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Bilingual, Clinical Psychology, Counseling, and Group Therapy are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Spanish Language, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, and Group Therapy. Those proficient in Clinical Psychology are, more often than not, 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 and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $50K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $57K. Psychotherapists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $67K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $75K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $59,274

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Psychotherapists, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 39 percent above the national average. Psychotherapists will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+37 percent) and Boston (+8 percent). The lowest-paying market is Chicago, which sits 23 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Minneapolis (23 percent lower) and Boulder (22 percent lower).

Psychotherapist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Psychotherapist at Self-Employed?

Psychotherapist in Ithaca:
"Psychotherapy Self Employment."
Pros: Being my own boss. Determining my own schedule and workload. My work is very rewarding and is helpful to individuals and families.
Cons: What I can earn per hour and per year is limited to the number of hours I personally can work in a week and what insurance companies and/or individuals will pay per hour. I have no additional benefits or paid time off. I often feel isolated given that I do not have colleagues.

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Key Stats for Psychotherapist

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 69 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Psychotherapist Salaries



National Average
$59,000



Skills That Affect Psychotherapist Salaries

Bilingual
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Counseling
0%

Clinical Psychology
0%

National Average
$59,000




Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 69 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 52%
dental benefits
Dental: 41%
vision benefits
Vision: 32%
dental benefits
None: 47%
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