The Salary of a Psychopathologist

by James Marshall; Updated September 26, 2017

A psychopathologist studies mental illness that has a physical cause, such as a disease, injury or drugs. It is typically a specialization of psychiatry, although psychologists may also be psychopathologists. The salaries of psychopathologists are generally similar to that of other psychiatrists. A psychopathologist employed by a hospital or other organization typically earns a straight salary, whereas psychopathologists in private practice receive an income from their patients' fees.

Factors

A medical specialty such as psychopathology dramatically increases a physician's earning potential. The 2008 Physician Compensation and Production Survey from the Medical Group Management Association shows that the median annual income for positions in primary care was $186,044, while physicians in a medical specialty such as psychopathology had a median annual income of $339,738. The median income of a physician in private practice is generally higher than that of a salaried position. The factors that affect the income of a physician in private practice include amount of experience, hours worked and professional reputation.

National Averages

The average salary for psychiatrists in the United States was $167,610 per year in 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The middle half of these psychiatrists had an average salary of $164,220 per year. The bottom 10 percent of psychiatrists earned average salaries of $65,530 per year and the bottom fourth of psychiatrists earned $112,950 per year.

Industry

The highest level of employment for psychiatrists was in physicians' offices, where psychiatrists had an average salary of $159,300 per year. Psychiatric hospitals had the next-highest level of employment for psychiatrists, who earned an average salary of $166,440 per year. Outpatient care centers paid their psychiatrists an average of $188,210 per year. Psychiatrists in hospitals made an average of $164,050 per year. Psychiatrists working in local government earned an average salary of $180,230 per year.

Geography

New York employed the greatest number of psychiatrists, where they earned an average salary of $161,660 per year. Rhode Island was the next-largest employer of psychiatrists, where the average annual salary was $177,390 per year. The District of Columbia paid its psychiatrists $121,840 per year on average. Psychiatrists in Vermont earned an average salary of $118,470 per year. Psychiatrists in Connecticut had an average annual salary of $200,900 per year.

2016 Salary Information for Physicians and Surgeons

Physicians and surgeons earned a median annual salary of $204,950 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, physicians and surgeons earned a 25th percentile salary of $131,980, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $261,170, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 713,800 people were employed in the U.S. as physicians and surgeons.

About the Author

James Marshall began writing professionally in 2006. He specializes in health articles for content providers such as eHow. Marshall has a Bachelor of Science in biology and mathematics, with minors in chemistry and computer science, from Stephen F. Austin University.