Salaries for those working in the many fields of clinical psychology rank among some of the highest salaries of all psychology-related jobs, and the forecast for job growth remains strong for the next several years.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, increased demand for psychology services translates into a 12% growth rate for psychology professionals through 2012-2022. And, depending on education, psychological specialty, and experience, salaries for clinical psychology positions are expected to remain high.
Competitive Salaries for Clinical Psychologists
As per the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, clinical psychologists, categorized under the clinical, counseling, and school psychology job sector, earned a median wage of $74,030. For clinical psychologists working in the offices of other health practitioners, that median wage rises to $81,480.
But salaries rise even higher as individuals in this field earn more credentials, experience, and certifications. The highest 10% of clinical psychology professionals earn more than $113,640, according to the BLS. These individuals are licensed in their respective states - a requirement for all who want to work as clinical psychologists -and many have achieved additional certification in areas such as psychoanalysis, rehabilitation, forensic, group, school, clinical health, and couple and family psychology.
The middle 50% of all clinical, counseling, and school psychology professionals earn between $51,980 and $89,830.
* Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists
Where do Clinical Psychologists Work?
Typical places of employment for clinical psychology professionals are in offices of mental health practitioners, hospitals, physicians’ offices, outpatient mental health and substance abuse centers, correctional facilities, law enforcement agencies, and other public and private organizations.
After gaining experience, many clinical psychologists enter private practice. The BLS reports that as of 2008, about 34% of these professionals were categorized as “self-employed.” Many also teach at universities and colleges, and some become self-employed psychologists and simultaneously teach.
Titles, Degrees and Other Requirements
In addition to state licensing, most positions also require additional certification in specialized areas. And many positions require internships and post-doctoral work in these specialized areas, and require continuing education courses to renew licenses and certifications.
The chart below represents examples of job titles for clinical psychology professionals. The job requirements concerning education level, experience, and additional certifications will depend on the job specifications of the hiring organization.
Clinical Psychology Salary Vs Similar Occupations
|Career||Annual Mean Wage|
|Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists||$78,690|
|Psychologists, All Other||$94,650|
|Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary||$84,440|
* all salaries reported by simplyhired.com in USD as of Jan 4, 2016
If you enjoy helping people and want to enter one of the many fields of clinical psychology, request information from schools offering master’s degree programs or doctoral degree programs in psychology.