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Psychotherapist Salary (United States)

An average Psychotherapist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $49K per year. Lower pay rates hover around $36K, and the higher rates verge on $166K per year. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Psychotherapists making up 75 percent. While some workers in this profession — slightly less than half — do not have any health coverage, over one-half do receive medical benefits and close to two-fifths have dental insurance. Most Psychotherapists report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Psychotherapist Salary (?
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$34,722 - $76,084
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MEDIAN: $48,853
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Psychotherapist Salary (?
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$19.85 - $123.76
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$34,722 - $76,084  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,027  
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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$36,438 - $166,303  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 453
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$19.85 - $123.76  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $99.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,027  
   
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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$36,438 - $166,303  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 288
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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 who transition into an upper level Clinical Psychologist role may receive a large increase in pay as the position pays an average $69K per year. Psychotherapists most frequently become Licensed Clinical Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists even though median compensation is $4K lower and $10K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Psychotherapist

Survey results show that 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Group Therapy and Spanish Language. It is often found that people who know Clinical Psychology are also skilled 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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $45K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $55K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Psychotherapists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $66K. 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.

Pay Difference By Location

Seattle
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San Francisco
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New York
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Boston
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Los Angeles
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Houston
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National Average
$55,000
Milwaukee
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Minneapolis
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Philadelphia
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Charlotte
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Chicago
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Denver
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Pittsburgh
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For Psychotherapists, busy Seattle offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 102 percent above the national average. Psychotherapists will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+31 percent), New York (+30 percent), Boston (+17 percent), and Los Angeles (+12 percent). Psychotherapists in Boulder make 24 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Workers in Pittsburgh and Denver earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (23 percent less and 17 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Psychotherapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%
National Average
$55,000

Skills That Affect Psychotherapist Salaries

Clinical Psychology
0%
National Average
$55,000
Counseling
up arrow 1%
Group Therapy
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 195 votes.

Gender

Female
75%
female alumni
 
Male
25%
male alumni

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: 52% dental benefits Dental: 41%
vision benefits Vision: 30% employee benefits None: 47%