Psychotherapist Salary

An average Psychotherapist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $54K per year. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Psychotherapists making up 78 percent. Work is enjoyable for Psychotherapists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — more than two-fifths lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and just over two-fifths receive dental plans. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$38,140 - $89,268
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$54K
$89K
MEDIAN: $54,490
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$21.18 - $118.01
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MEDIAN: $35.14
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$0$131K
Salary $38,140 - $89,268
Bonus $0.00 - $4,000
Profit Sharing $7,100
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$39,628 - $131,687
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 364
Hourly Data $0$118
Hourly Rate $21.18 - $118.01
Overtime $0.14 - $59.18
Annual Data $0$131K
Bonus $0.00 - $4,000
Profit Sharing $7,100
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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$39,628 - $131,687
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 211

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

Common Career Paths for Psychotherapist


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Although it's unusual, some Psychotherapists transition into jobs as Clinical Directors. The latter group reports earning a slightly lower median of $72K per year, though. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker role is the most common promotion for Psychotherapists moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $52K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Psychotherapists is a Clinical Psychologist position, where earnings are usually $71K.

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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 familiar with Clinical Psychology also tend to know Spanish Language.

Pay by Experience Level for Psychotherapist

Pay by Experience for a Psychotherapist has a positive trend. An entry-level Psychotherapist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 198 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Psychotherapist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 157 salaries. An experienced Psychotherapist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $67,000 based on 192 salaries. A Psychotherapist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $73,000 based on 117 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $60,197

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

Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Psychotherapists, 73 percent above the national average. Psychotherapists will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+35 percent) and Boston (+6 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Boulder Psychotherapists earning much less — 24 percent less — than the national average. Employers in Chicago and Minneapolis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (22 percent lower and 20 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Psychotherapist

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 87 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects Psychotherapist Salaries

▲21%

▲12%

National Average
$60,000

▼4%

▼18%

Skills That Affect Psychotherapist Salaries

Bilingual
▲4%

National Average
$60,000

Clinical Psychology
▼1%

▼2%




Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 87 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 56%
dental benefits
Dental: 44%
vision benefits
Vision: 33%
no benefits
None: 43%
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