Clinical Therapist Salary

The average Clinical Therapist in the United States earns approximately $45K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. While some workers in this profession — somewhere between a fifth and a fourth — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and a majority have dental insurance. Women account for the majority of Clinical Therapists who took the survey — 85 percent to be exact. For the most part, Clinical Therapists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$34,792 - $61,008
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$46K
$61K
MEDIAN: $45,527
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$16.69 - $46.22
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$0$66K
Salary $34,792 - $61,008
Bonus $0.00 - $3,500
Profit Sharing $2,900
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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$34,865 - $66,288
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 679
Hourly Data $0$77
Hourly Rate $16.69 - $46.22
Overtime $-0.50 - $77.57
Annual Data $0$66K
Bonus $0.00 - $3,500
Profit Sharing $2,900
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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$34,865 - $66,288
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 268

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Job Description for Clinical Therapist

Most of the time, clinical therapists work in hospitals, relevant government agencies like the Department of Veteran Affairs, or general corporations who provide mental and emotional services to their employees. Many clinical therapists have their own practice and office. Clinical therapists include many specialties, such as mental health, marriage and family therapy, and drug addiction therapy. The clinical therapy field is quite diverse.

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Clinical Therapist Tasks

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

Common Career Paths for Clinical Therapist


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Clinical Therapists may progress into high-paying roles like Clinical Director, where median compensation is $71K annually. As Clinical Therapists progress in their field, many go on to become Licensed Clinical Social Workers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $52K per year. Another common career choice for Clinical Therapists is to move into a Mental Health Counselor role. Typically, Mental Health Counselors get paid $38K.

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Popular Skills for Clinical Therapist


Clinical Therapists report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Psychotherapy, Substance Abuse, Bilingual, and Clinical Psychology are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 19 percent. Those listing art therapy as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Case Management and EMDR also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in Clinical Psychology are, more often than not, also skilled in Group Therapy.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Therapist

Pay by Experience for a Clinical Therapist has a positive trend. An entry-level Clinical Therapist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 436 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Clinical Therapist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 169 salaries. An experienced Clinical Therapist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 132 salaries. A Clinical Therapist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 58 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,598

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

For those looking to make money, Clinical Therapists in Houston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 37 percent above the national average. Clinical Therapists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+34 percent), Riverside (+17 percent), Boston (+10 percent), and Washington (+10 percent). With compensation 12 percent below the national average, Toledo is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Philadelphia and Phoenix (11 percent lower).

Clinical Therapist Reviews

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

Clinical Therapist in Washington:
"Enjoyable."
Pros: The city and opportunities to explore the city.
Cons: The traffic and parking.

Clinical Therapist in Sioux Falls:
"Work Flexibility, friendly and helpful co-workers, office."
Pros: Great place to work with friendly people and helpful co-workers. Job satisfaction is great.
Cons: None.

Clinical Therapist in Phoenix:
"Community Agency Therapist."
Pros: Helping others, seeing a variety of people, diversity. I enjoy learning and using what I have learned in school. To help others. I enjoy my co-workers and feel supported by them.
Cons: The intense back-to-back schedule of seeing clients. Feeling exhausted and drained, the extensive case management. The push is never ending from upper management.

Clinical Therapist in Gurnee:
"Clinical Massage Therapist."
Pros: I feel relief that my clients live longer because when I massage them their bodies look a live and less gray. When I see a mom still be able to see her mom in 2 weeks that is the best feeling ever! Or she gets to see her again on Mothers Day. It's a whole new way of feeling.
Cons: I get people who are rude during and show up 30 mins late and expect a full body massage in 30 mins.

Clinical Therapist in Hemet:
"My Experience."
Pros: The level of responsibility I have to care for my clients and help them work through their issues. Also, the level of independence I have with my job is something I enjoy greatly.
Cons: With the amount of responsibility comes the level of liability. Dealing with mental health there are always risks with mentally unstable clients, and often I am looked to for the answers, which can be very stressful.

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Key Stats for Clinical Therapist

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 113 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Clinical Therapist Salaries

▲15%

▲12%

▼0%

National Average
$47,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Clinical Therapist Salaries

Psychotherapy
▲18%

Substance Abuse
▲8%

Bilingual
▲4%

National Average
$47,000


Group Therapy
▼2%

Counseling
▼3%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
▼4%

Individual therapy
▼11%

EMDR
▼14%

Case Management
▼16%

art therapy
▼31%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 113 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
no benefits
None: 22%
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