Clinical Psychologist Salary

Commissions constitute a big slice (close to one-half on average) of overall compensation for Clinical Psychologists, and the median take-home for this group lies near $77K. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and experience level are driving factors as well. Women make up the majority of Clinical Psychologists (67 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and roughly one in four lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$48,175 - $109,471
$48K
$75K
$110K
MEDIAN: $74,820
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50%
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$22.88 - $151
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$150
MEDIAN: $48.57
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$0$123K
Salary $48,175 - $109,471
Bonus $0.00 - $9,970
Profit Sharing $1,800
Commission $37,500
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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$48,415 - $123,935
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,217
Hourly Data $0$150
Hourly Rate $22.88 - $151
Hourly Tips $0.06
Overtime $0.00 - $101
Annual Data $0$123K
Bonus $0.00 - $9,970
Commission $37,500
Profit Sharing $1,800
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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$48,415 - $123,935
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 223

Job Description for Clinical Psychologist

Clinical psychologists carry out patient evaluations and treatment in order to diagnose and relieve psychological issues; these issues may be due to the mental state of the patient or the environment and situations he/she has been facing. Objective evaluations should be carried out in order to determine the problems and what sort of care should be provided. Common issues that may be addressed include depression, anxiety, and behavioral problems.

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Clinical Psychologist Tasks

  • Identify psychological, emotional, or behavioral issues, and diagnose disorders, using information obtained from interviews, tests, records, and reference materials.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of counseling or treatments, the accuracy and completeness of diagnoses, then modify plans and diagnoses as necessary.
  • Write reports on clients, and maintain required paperwork.
  • Develop and implement individual treatment plans and duration of therapy.

Common Career Paths for Clinical Psychologist


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It is somewhat unusual to come across Clinical Psychologists who move on to become Neuropsychologists, but it does happen from time to time, and the median salary for that position sits slightly higher at $87K. Clinical Psychologists most frequently become Psychologists and Forensic Psychologists even though median compensation is $5K lower and $15K lower, respectively.

Clinical Psychologist Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Clinical Psychologist


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Clinical Psychologists include Self-Employed, Department of Veteran's Affairs, Medoptions Inc., Acadia, Inc., and The Veterans Administration (United States).

Popular Skills for Clinical Psychologist


Clinical Psychologists report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Psychotherapy, Autism, Forensic Psychology, and pain management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 14 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Psychological Testing, Training, and Eating Disorders. Most people experienced in Clinical Psychology also know Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Psychologist

Pay by Experience for a Clinical Psychologist has a positive trend. An entry-level Clinical Psychologist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 807 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Clinical Psychologist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $78,000 based on 411 salaries. An experienced Clinical Psychologist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $90,000 based on 354 salaries. A Clinical Psychologist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $94,000 based on 251 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $77,692

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

Clinical Psychologists will find that Dallas offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 38 percent. Clinical Psychologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+28 percent), Seattle (+20 percent), San Antonio (+19 percent), and Atlanta (+9 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Los Angeles, 15 percent below the national average. Denver and Chicago are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 12 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively.

Clinical Psychologist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Clinical Psychologist?

Clinical Psychologist in Cary:
"Peddling psychology privately."
Pros: Helping children and their families. Since it's private and fees are high, many who come are invested in making a change. Unlike hospitals, you cam make a bigger difference on the child through the family aswell, rather than just your sorry time with them until their stable. You get to see the part where they really turn it around.
Cons: The feeling that you're being exploited. We're employees labeled independent contractors, offered minimal percentages of what we bring in for no given reasons. I can't actually determine my own hours or if I run a group inside or outside scheduled hours. I have to fight to not have cases outside the scope of my training put on my calendar. My "weekend" is broken up by a day of the week. Staff turnover is high.

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Key Stats for Clinical Psychologist

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 151 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
17%

Experience Affects Clinical Psychologist Salaries

▲21%

▲16%

▼0%

National Average
$78,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Clinical Psychologist Salaries

Psychotherapy
▲12%

Autism
▲7%




Geriatrics
▲2%


Assessment
▲1%

National Average
$78,000


▼1%


▼7%


Training
▼21%

Psychological Testing
▼21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 151 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
no benefits
None: 24%