Psychotherapist Salary

Close to one-half of Psychotherapists in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $40K to $142K per year, and the average comes out to $54K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most Psychotherapists survey respondents are women (78 percent). Although just over two-fifths lack health benefits of any kind, a little more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and more than two-fifths get dental coverage, too. Most Psychotherapists report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$38,599 - $89,885
$39K
$54K
$90K
MEDIAN: $53,519
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90%

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$20.49 - $120.41
$20
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$120
MEDIAN: $35.53
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$38,599 - $89,885  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,089  
Profit Sharing
$8,500  
Total Pay (?
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$39,601 - $142,039  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 339
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$20.49 - $120.41  
   
Overtime
$0.07 - $59.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,089  
   
Profit Sharing
$8,500  
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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$39,601 - $142,039  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 199

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

Common Career Paths for Psychotherapist


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While not commonly seen, Psychotherapists who transition into a Clinical Director position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Clinical Directors is $72K per year. Given that the median pay is $52K, it may be surprising to find that a Licensed Clinical Social Worker is the most common role for Psychotherapists to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Clinical Psychologist role — which pays $71K — is also typical for Psychotherapists, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for Psychotherapist


Survey results suggest that Psychotherapists use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Bilingual, Clinical Psychology, Counseling, and Group Therapy are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Spanish Language, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, and Group Therapy. It is often found that people who know Clinical Psychology are also skilled in 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: $59,717

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

For Psychotherapists, Los Angeles provides a pay rate that is 74 percent greater than the national average. Psychotherapists will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+36 percent) and Boston (+7 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Psychotherapists is geography, with workers in Boulder earning a whopping 23 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Chicago (21 percent lower) and Minneapolis (19 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Psychotherapist

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 69 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Psychotherapist Salaries

▲22%

▲13%

National Average
$60,000

▼3%

▼17%

Skills That Affect Psychotherapist Salaries

Bilingual
▲4%

Clinical Psychology
▼0%

National Average
$60,000

▼1%




Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 69 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 53%
dental benefits
Dental: 43%
vision benefits
Vision: 32%
no benefits
None: 45%