National average salary of 4 types of mental health providers

The average starting salary for psychiatrists increased 7 percent from 2021 to 2022, a change one report attributed to the shortage of mental health providers.

In efforts to tackle the increasing rates of mental illness in the U.S., a growing number of physician assistants and nurse practitioners are providing psychiatric services. 

Here are the average salaries of psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurse practitioners and psychiatric physician assistants nationwide as of Nov. 20.

Type of provider

Psychiatrist

Psychologist

Nurse practitioner

Physician assistant

National average salary

$249,760

$92,100

$123,607

$164,760



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