Psychology

Here’s How Much Money Psychologists Make In Every State

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The field of psychology has been on the rise and is set to continue its dramatic growth as an industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of psychologists is projected to increase much faster than average, with approximately 26,100 psychologist jobs being added from 2018 to 2028, an increase of 14%.

Using occupational data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we’ve analyzed and compiled a round-up of the average psychologist salary by state in the U.S., defined as clinical, counseling and school psychologists by the BLS. Read on for a full breakdown of where psychologists make the most money and where they’re making the least.

10 States Where Psychologists Earn the Most Money

The national average annual wage of a psychologist is $85,340, according to the BLS, about 64% higher than the average annual salary for all occupations, $51,960. However, psychologist salaries can vary dramatically from state to state, more so than the salaries of many other occupations. Below is a list of the top-10 highest-paying states for psychologists.

  1. California average psychologist salary: $108,350
  2. Oregon average psychologist salary: $103,870
  3. New Jersey average psychologist salary: $98,470
  4. Hawaii average psychologist salary: $94,550
  5. New York average psychologist salary: $94,140
  6. Alaska average psychologist salary: $91,450
  7. Connecticut average psychologist salary: $90,870
  8. Georgia average psychologist salary: $89,190
  9. North Dakota average psychologist salary: $87,090
  10. Louisiana average psychologist salary: $86,630

California has a very high median household income compared to the U.S. overall, so seeing that state pay psychologists the most isn’t surprising. What is surprising is seeing a state like Louisiana among the top-10 states for psychologist salaries because, with most other occupations, Louisiana tends to rank toward the bottom. The average psychologist salary in Oregon grew a robust 48% in the last five years, from $71,910 in 2013 to $103,870 in 2018.

10 States Where Psychologists Earn the Least Money

The bottom-10 states where psychologists make the least money are geographically mixed, though patterns are apparent. The U.S. South, Upper Midwest and Mountain division of the West comprise the list of the states where psychologist salaries are the lowest. In the worst-paying state for psychologists, West Virginia, the average psychologist salary is over $26,00 less than the U.S. average salary. Here’s a look at the 10 worst states for psychologist’s salaries:

  1. West Virginia average psychologist salary: $59,200
  2. Oklahoma average psychologist salary: $60,760
  3. South Carolina average psychologist salary: $63,050
  4. Montana average psychologist salary: $63,720
  5. Idaho average psychologist salary: $64,270
  6. Kentucky average psychologist salary: $64,330
  7. Kansas average psychologist salary: $65,320
  8. Arizona average psychologist salary: $66,040
  9. Nebraska average psychologist salary: $66,510
  10. Mississippi average psychologist salary: $67,570

Growth rates in psychologist salaries are middling to below-average in these 10 states. South Carolina, for instance, has experienced healthy growth of 20.8%, with psychologist salaries increasing from $52,190 in 2013 to $63,050 in 2018. In Idaho, on the other hand, salaries have outright fallen by 1.2%.

How Much Do Psychologists Make in Each State

Below you’ll find the average annual wage for psychologists in all 50 states from 2013 to 2018. Oregon has experienced the largest growth (48%) in its average psychologist salary, followed by North Dakota (40.8%), Alaska (40.2%), Georgia (37.2%) and California (34.7%).

[“source=forbes”]