Salary, Benefits, & Incentives

Salary and Benefits

The County of Los Angeles Department of Mental Health (DMH) offers competitive salaries starting at $251,145.84/yr.

  • Horizons 457 Deferred Compensation Plan (with up to 4% County matching funds)
  • Employment outside of DMH allowed (24 hours/week) to pursue other career aspects
  • Flexible schedule encourages work/life balance; options include four 10 hour days/week or nine hour days with one day off every other week
  • Contributory or Non-Contributory Retirement Plans
  • Basic, Dependent and Optional Group Term Life Insurance
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
  • Health Care Spending Account
  • Dependent Care Spending Account
  • Medical Coverage Protection (LTD Health Insurance)

Bonuses and Incentives

  • 5.5% Bonus for ABPN certification, 2.75% bonus for second certification in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, and Addiction Medicine
  • 5.5% Site bonus for work assignments at Antelope Valley MHC, Palmdale MHC, and Juvenile Justice Programs


At DMH, we offer many career opportunities that promotes learning, growth, and career advancement. Below are some of the opportunities we offer to our psychiatrists.

Street Psychiatry Teams

Street Psychiatry teams provide outreach, engagement and treatment to the most vulnerable individuals within our system of care. The target population served have severe and persistent mental illness, rely heavily upon acute care, are unsheltered and cycle in and out of the criminal justice system.  As the clinical lead on the team, the psychiatrist provides medication support services in non-traditional settings such as sidewalks, shelters and homeless encampments. 

Psychiatry Registry

The Psychiatry Registry allows Psychiatrists the opportunity to provide services in areas of our system of care that have an ongoing unmet need for medication support services, there are opportunities available in a multitude of treatment settings including directly-operated clinics and field-based services such as Street Teams and Full Service Partnership (FSP) programs. 

Telemental Health

Telemental Health uses advanced technologies to provide mental health services to individuals at a distance. It allows consumers who live in medically underserved areas greater access to specialty care. In ethnically diverse Los Angeles County, Telemental Health also allows for many non-English speaking individuals to receive mental health services in their preferred language.

Using the internet and a two-way television system, mental health professionals and clients communicate with clients in a completely confidential manner. This video teleconferencing strategy offers real time audio and high definition visual resolution and is superior in quality to other video conferencing applications used on mobile devices and computers.

Telemental Health  operates as part of a DMH directly-operated program and provides services to clients who are registered in other DMH programs. Telemental Health’s  physical site (in Torrance, CA) houses essential administrative functions, clinicians, and necessary tele-technology. It provides clinical services compliant with existing DMH policies on telemental health services. This program also provides psychiatric consultation to clinicians and physicians in DHS primary care clinics through the DMH Collaboration Program. 

Women’s Community Reintegration Program (WCRP)

The Women’s Community Reintegration Program is a trauma-informed, gender-specific program for women with mental illness upon their release from the women’s correctional facility (CRDF) in Lynwood, CA. WCRP provides therapy, psychiatric care, case management, and housing services, often in collaboration with the Office of Diversion and Reentry. This field-based program currently has hubs in four different sites, serving women released across Los Angeles County, as well as a brand-new Wellness Center in Compton, CA. 

Living in Los Angeles

  • Partner with a diverse, vibrant population of many cultures
  • Be part of a large, supportive, collegial psychiatric community
  • Opportunities to push the boundaries of traditional community practice