$45,392
Avg. Salary
$21.72
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,100

Bonus

$15,000

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Mental Health Clinician is $21.72 per hour.

The median Mental Health Clinician has a base pay of $45,392. Salaries generally range from $35k to $60k. The median bonus is $1,100. Skills that can affect salary include Counseling, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, Case Management, Group Therapy, Assessment, Clinical Psychology, Bilingual, Crisis Intervention, Spanish Language.
$15.20
10%
$21.72
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$33.44
90%
MEDIAN $21.72
$35k
10%
$45k
50%
$60k
90%
MEDIAN $45,392
$34,828 - $60,481
$35K
$45K
$60K
MEDIAN: $45,392
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$15.20 - $33.44
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$0$62K
Salary $34,828 - $60,481
Bonus $203 - $5,093
Profit Sharing $15,000
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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$34,107 - $62,991
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 9 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,269
Hourly Data $0$42
Hourly Rate $15.20 - $33.44
Hourly Tips $2.50
Overtime $18.60 - $42.72
Annual Data $0$62K
Bonus $203 - $5,093
Profit Sharing $15,000
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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$34,107 - $62,991
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 9 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 478

Job Description for Mental Health Clinician

Mental health clinicians help treat and diagnose individuals who have (or may have) any psychological issues. They work with patients directly using many different techniques, including evaluating patients, conducting therapy sessions (either individual or group), advocating for their patient, and attending court hearings on behalf of their patient. Mental health clinicians may work with individuals dealing with a number of difficult issues, such as addiction, relationship violence, and many different types of trauma.

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Mental Health Clinician Tasks
  • Work directly with clients to assess health, create plans and evaluate progress.
  • Visit clients at work, home or social settings to assess progress.
  • Counsel clients during emergency and crisis events.
  • Participate in peer reviews and trainings, including making presentations.
  • Connect clients to services, support and resources.

Mental Health Clinician Pay By Employer

Common Career Paths for Mental Health Clinician


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Mental Health Clinicians who transition into a Clinical Director role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $72K per year. Career advancement for the typical Mental Health Clinician often leads to becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker or a Clinical Supervisor; median salaries in these positions are $7K higher and $8K higher, respectively.

Mental Health Clinician Job Listings

Popular Skills for Mental Health Clinician


Survey results imply that Mental Health Clinicians put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with Clinical Psychology, Assessment, and Spanish Language are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 8 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Crisis Intervention. Most people experienced in Case Management also know Group Therapy.

Pay by Experience Level for Mental Health Clinician

Pay by Experience for a Mental Health Clinician has a positive trend. An entry-level Mental Health Clinician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 623 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Mental Health Clinician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 222 salaries. An experienced Mental Health Clinician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 128 salaries. A Mental Health Clinician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 60 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,552

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

For those looking to make money, Mental Health Clinicians in San Jose enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 18 percent above the national average. Mental Health Clinicians will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+15 percent), New York (+14 percent), Anchorage (+13 percent), and Philadelphia (+9 percent). With compensation 19 percent below the national average, Indianapolis is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Springfield and Seattle are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 17 percent lower and 16 percent lower, respectively.

Mental Health Clinician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Mental Health Clinician?

Mental Health Clinician in Palmdale:
"Great opportunity for growth."
Pros: Challenges
Cons: Far away from the city

Mental Health Clinician in Cranston:
"It's ok."
Pros: Convenience- close to home
Cons: Nothing

Mental Health Clinician in Austin:
"Gbhi."
Pros: I like knowing I am making a big difference in a patient's life.
Cons: I dislike the ruthless politics and toxic environment of the workplace.

Mental Health Clinician in Willmar:
"Good."
Pros: Little traffic, cultural diversity.
Cons: Socioeconomic climate is poor. Low wages due to rural area.

Mental Health Clinician in New Bedford:
"Won't be rich; stressful."
Without licensure you're basically forced to work for a non-profit agency, which doesn't pay well, & much lower than national average, & mental health associations guidelines recommend for a masters level salary. I had clients that made more than I do. Entire staff got a raise ONCE in my 5 yrs there! Work load expectations are unrealistic (to meet min # of clients/wk, need to book every hour/or every 45 mins due to frequent client no-shows. Reports, notes, & forms are increasingly expected be done DURING session; where's therapy?) Amount of forms is ridiculous & time consuming; be prepared to work more hours than you were hired (& unpaid) in order to complete it & return phone calls. A V.P. Said, "it's the nature of the business." It's near impossible to find a salaried job; just fee-for-service, so if they no-show, you don't get paid. Avg salary is therefore inaccurate due to this in my opinion. Fall below min clients seen/wk & lose benefits. Clientele are chronic & lack progress.

Mental Health Clinician in New Orleans:
"Helping Others Is Extremely Validating."
Pros: Having contact with other people, facilitating change and watching others grow and improve.
Cons: My casework is never ending.

Mental Health Clinician in Hartford:
Pros: The time flexibility. The clients. Some co-workers.
Cons: The commute. The way the organization is run. The inequality.

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Key Stats for Mental Health Clinician

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 234 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
8%

Experience Affects Mental Health Clinician Salaries

▲15%

▲11%

▲4%

National Average
$46,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Mental Health Clinician Salaries

Clinical Psychology
▲22%

Assessment
▲6%

Spanish Language
▲4%

Bilingual
▲3%

National Average
$46,000


▼3%



Crisis Intervention
▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 234 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
no benefits
None: 16%