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Psychotherapist Salary

Psychotherapists in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — approximately half have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $37K to $164K per year, median earnings come to $49K per year. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most Psychotherapists survey respondents are women (78 percent). Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and roughly one-half lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by approximately one-half and dental coverage is claimed by close to two-fifths. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,949 - $76,616
(Median)
$35K
$49K
$77K
MEDIAN: $48,650
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$19.96 - $120.84
(Median)
$20
$36
$120
MEDIAN: $35.00
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90%

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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
$34,949 - $76,616  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,012  
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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$36,671 - $163,696  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 468
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$19.96 - $120.84  
   
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 - $2,012  
   
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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$36,671 - $163,696  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 304
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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Clinical Psychologist. The latter position pays an average of $70K annually. A lot of Psychotherapists advance their careers by becoming Licensed Clinical Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists. However, those positions offer $4K less and $10K less per year on average.

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Popular Skills for Psychotherapist


Survey takers who work as Psychotherapists usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Clinical Psychology, Counseling, Spanish Language, and Group Therapy are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate 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.


For many Psychotherapists, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $45K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $54K. Psychotherapists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $65K. Psychotherapists who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $72K.

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Experience Affects Psychotherapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 31%


National Average
$55,000



Skills That Affect Psychotherapist Salaries

Clinical Psychology
up arrow 1%

National Average
$55,000

Counseling
up arrow 1%



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 166 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: 48%
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