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Psychotherapist Salary

Psychotherapists in the United States can expect wages of $49K per year on average. Pay ranges from $37K on the low end to $163K per year on the high end. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Psychotherapists survey respondents are women (78 percent). Job satisfaction for Psychotherapists is high. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, roughly one-half are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by approximately half and dental insurance is reported by roughly two-fifths. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$34,973 - $76,254
(Median)
$35K
$49K
$76K
MEDIAN: $48,667
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$19.95 - $120.93
(Median)
$20
$36
$120
MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$34,973 - $76,254  
   
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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$36,719 - $163,054  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 466
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$19.95 - $120.93  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $40.50  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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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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$36,719 - $163,054  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 303

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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 advance into Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist roles even though the median salaries are $4K lower and $10K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Psychotherapist


Typical Psychotherapists report a focused set 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 skilled in Clinical Psychology are similarly competent 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. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $45K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $53K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $65K in this role. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $72K.

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Experience Affects Psychotherapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 31%


National Average
$55,000



Skills That Affect Psychotherapist Salaries

Clinical Psychology
up arrow 1%

National Average
$55,000

Counseling
up arrow 1%



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 169 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

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