Psychotherapist Salary

Pay for Psychotherapists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $49K per year. Compensation ranges from $37K on the lower end to $162K per year on the higher end. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not claimed by all — approximately one-half lack any form of coverage — but approximately half have medical insurance, and nearly two in five have dental, too. Female Psychotherapists make up most of the survey respondents at 78 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$34,814 - $76,280
(Median)
$35K
$49K
$76K
MEDIAN: $48,610
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$19.80 - $121.41
(Median)
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$35
$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
$34,814 - $76,280  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,039  
Profit Sharing
$600 - $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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$36,519 - $161,980  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 458
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$19.80 - $121.41  
   
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 - $2,039  
   
Profit Sharing
$600 - $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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$36,519 - $161,980  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 299

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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. A lot of Psychotherapists advance their careers by becoming Licensed Clinical Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists. However, those positions offer $3K less and $10K less per year on average.

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Popular Skills for Psychotherapist


Survey takers who work as Psychotherapists typically report just a few professional 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. Those educated in Clinical Psychology tend to be well versed in Spanish Language.

Pay by Experience Level for Psychotherapist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Psychotherapists. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $54K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $45K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $65K in this role. Psychotherapists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $72K on average.

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Experience Affects Psychotherapist Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$54,000



Skills That Affect Psychotherapist Salaries

Counseling
0%

Clinical Psychology
0%

National Average
$54,000



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 172 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
27%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 51% dental benefits Dental: 40%
vision benefits Vision: 30% employee benefits None: 48%