Psychotherapist Salary (United States)

Psychotherapists in the United States usually make around $53,988 per year. The top of the range reaches $165,633 per year, and the bottom approaches $35,973. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and about half lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by more than half and dental coverage is claimed by 41 percent. Men are solidly outnumbered in the field, with women representing 75 percent of workers. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Psychotherapists. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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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National Salary Data

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$34,431 - $74,975  
   
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$0.00 - $1,998  
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$35,973 - $165,633  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 438
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$19.74 - $124.28  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $99.33  
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$0.00 - $1,998  
   
Total Pay (?
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$35,973 - $165,633  
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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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While not commonly seen, Psychotherapists who transition into a Clinical Psychologist position may earn an additional $15,164 per year. Psychotherapists most often move into positions as Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)s or Family Therapists, where they typically take pay cuts of $3,186 or $9,438 per year.

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Popular Skills for Psychotherapist

Psychotherapists usually report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Clinical Psychology can expect to be compensated well for these skills, typically earning 4 percent more than the national average, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Spanish Language. 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.
Psychotherapists generally obtain higher salaries for more plentiful past experience. Starting out, salaries are typically $45K, which grows to $55K after five to 10 years. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $64K. Salaries tend to grow less rapidly after achieving 20 years of experience, with more senior Psychotherapists earning an average of $77K per year. Psychotherapists with one to 10 years in the field are most commonly found while those with 10 to 20 years of experience are harder to spot. The rarest group is those with more than 20 years of experience.

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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Surpassing the national average by 170 percent, Psychotherapists in Seattle receive some of the highest pay in the country. Psychotherapists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+35 percent), San Francisco (+31 percent), Boston (+19 percent), and Los Angeles (+18 percent). Place of residency plays a huge part in a Psychotherapist's salary, with Boulder Psychotherapists earning salaries that are 23 percent less than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Denver and Chicago (-17 percent and -14 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Psychotherapist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$54,000

Skills That Affect Psychotherapist Salaries

Clinical Psychology
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Counseling
0%
National Average
$54,000
Spanish Language
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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%
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