Psychotherapist Salary

Psychotherapists in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent about one-half of Psychotherapists. Salaries average out to around $49K per year and spread from $37K to $165K per year. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although close to one-half have medical coverage and nearly two in five have dental coverage, close to one-half claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Psychotherapists. Most Psychotherapists survey respondents are women (78 percent). This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$34,975 - $77,717
(Median)
$35K
$49K
$78K
MEDIAN: $48,642
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$19.94 - $121.55
(Median)
$20
$36
$120
MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$34,975 - $77,717  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,010  
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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$36,741 - $164,909  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 470
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$19.94 - $121.55  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $39.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,010  
   
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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$36,741 - $164,909  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 305
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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Clinical Psychologist. The average Clinical Psychologist brings home $70K per year. Psychotherapists most often move into positions as Licensed Clinical Social Workers or Marriage & Family Therapists. Licensed Clinical Social Workers actually earn $4K less on average, however, and Marriage & Family Therapists earn $10K less per year than Psychotherapists do.

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Popular Skills for Psychotherapist


Psychotherapists who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Clinical Psychology, Counseling, Spanish Language, and Group Therapy are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Group Therapy and Spanish Language. 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $44K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $54K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $65K in this role. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $73K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Psychotherapist Salaries



National Average
$55,000



Skills That Affect Psychotherapist Salaries

Clinical Psychology
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National Average
$55,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 159 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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