Psychotherapist Salary

Psychotherapists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $49K annually. Lower pay rates hover around $37K, and the higher rates verge on $154K per year. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Some workers in this field — a little less than half — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by slightly more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by close to two-fifths. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Psychotherapists. Most Psychotherapists survey respondents are women (78 percent). The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$35,517 - $77,890
(Median)
$36K
$49K
$78K
MEDIAN: $49,274
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$20.18 - $119.18
(Median)
$20
$36
$120
MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$35,517 - $77,890  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,019  
Profit Sharing
$2,750  
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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$37,411 - $153,998  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 543
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$20.18 - $119.18  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $39.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,019  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,750  
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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$37,411 - $153,998  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 338
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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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At the upper end, Psychotherapists who move into a Clinical Psychologist role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Clinical Psychologists is a much higher $70K per year. Psychotherapists most frequently become Licensed Clinical Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists even though median compensation is $4K lower and $11K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Psychotherapist


Psychotherapists seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Counseling, Clinical Psychology, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, and Group Therapy are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Spanish Language, Group Therapy, and Diagnosis and Treatment Planning. The majority of those who know Clinical Psychology also know Spanish Language.

Pay by Experience Level for Psychotherapist

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


Psychotherapists generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $46K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $54K on average. Psychotherapists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $65K. 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 $71K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $55,806

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

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Psychotherapists, 131 percent above the national average. Psychotherapists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+72 percent), Boston (+15 percent), New York (+14 percent), and Los Angeles (+11 percent). With compensation 18 percent below the national average, Boulder is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Chicago (17 percent lower) and Baltimore (16 percent lower).

Psychotherapist Reviews

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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Experience Affects Psychotherapist Salaries



National Average
$56,000



Skills That Affect Psychotherapist Salaries

National Average
$56,000

Counseling
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Clinical Psychology
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Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 154 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 52%
dental benefits
Dental: 41%
medical benefits
Vision: 30%
dental benefits
None: 47%
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