Psychotherapist Salary

Psychotherapists in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with approximately half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $49K per year on average but can range from $37K to $165K per year. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most Psychotherapists survey respondents are women (78 percent). While some workers in this profession — about one-half — do not have any health coverage, close to one-half do receive medical benefits and about two in five have dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$34,984 - $77,270
(Median)
$35K
$49K
$77K
MEDIAN: $48,636
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$19.96 - $121.55
(Median)
$20
$37
$120
MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$34,984 - $77,270  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,012  
Profit Sharing
$972 - $2,975  
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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$36,770 - $165,402  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 471
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$19.96 - $121.55  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $39.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,012  
   
Profit Sharing
$972 - $2,975  
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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$36,770 - $165,402  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 308
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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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Psychotherapists may progress into high-paying roles like Clinical Psychologist, where median compensation is $70K annually. Many Psychotherapists choose to become Licensed Clinical Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $4K less and $10K less, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Psychotherapist


Psychotherapists note just a narrow range of job skills. Most notably, skills in Clinical Psychology, Counseling, Spanish Language, and Group Therapy are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Group Therapy and Spanish Language. Most people familiar with 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 with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $45K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $54K on average. Psychotherapists see a median salary of $65K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $73K.

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Experience Affects Psychotherapist Salaries



National Average
$55,000



Skills That Affect Psychotherapist Salaries

Clinical Psychology
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$55,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 156 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 50% dental benefits Dental: 39%
vision benefits Vision: 29% employee benefits None: 49%
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