Psychotherapist Salary

Psychotherapists in the United States take home approximately $49K annually on average. The pay spectrum stretches from $37K to $154K per year. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Female Psychotherapists make up most of the survey respondents at 78 percent. While some workers in this profession — a little less than half — do not have any health coverage, a little more than half do receive medical benefits and approximately two in five have dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$35,517 - $77,890
(Median)
$36K
$49K
$78K
MEDIAN: $49,274
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$20.18 - $119.18
(Median)
$20
$36
$120
MEDIAN: $35.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$35,517 - $77,890  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,019  
Profit Sharing
$2,750  
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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$37,411 - $153,998  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 543
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$20.18 - $119.18  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $39.60  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,019  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,750  
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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$37,411 - $153,998  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 338
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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. 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 $11K less, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Psychotherapist


Psychotherapists report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Counseling, Clinical Psychology, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, and Group Therapy are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Spanish Language, Group Therapy, and Diagnosis and Treatment Planning. 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 $46K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $54K. Psychotherapists see a median salary of $65K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $71K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $55,806

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

Home to some of the best pay for Psychotherapists, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 131 percent above the national average. Psychotherapists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+72 percent), Boston (+15 percent), New York (+14 percent), and Los Angeles (+11 percent). The lowest-paying market is Boulder, which sits 18 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Chicago and Baltimore (17 percent lower and 16 percent lower, respectively).

Psychotherapist Reviews

What is it like working as a Psychotherapist at Self-Employed?

Psychotherapist in Ithaca:
"Psychotherapy Self Employment."
Pros: Being my own boss. Determining my own schedule and workload. My work is very rewarding and is helpful to individuals and families.
Cons: What I can earn per hour and per year is limited to the number of hours I personally can work in a week and what insurance companies and/or individuals will pay per hour. I have no additional benefits or paid time off. I often feel isolated given that I do not have colleagues.

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Experience Affects Psychotherapist Salaries



National Average
$56,000



Skills That Affect Psychotherapist Salaries

National Average
$56,000

Counseling
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Clinical Psychology
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Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 154 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 52%
dental benefits
Dental: 41%
medical benefits
Vision: 30%
dental benefits
None: 47%
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