How Much Do Clinical Psychologists Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Clinical Psychologists

Clinical Psychologists diagnose or evaluate mental and emotional disorders of individuals through observation, interview, and psychological tests, and formulate and administer programs of treatment.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$89290 per year
Hourly wage
$43 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$46,410 to $60,750 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$22 to $29 per hour

Entry-level Clinical Psychologists with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $46,410 to $60,750 per year or $22 to $29 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Clinical Psychologists to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $67 $138,550
Senior (Top 25%) $50 $104,860
Middle (Mid 50%) $38 $79,820
Junior (Bottom 25%) $29 $60,750
No experience (Bottom 10%) $22 $46,410

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
CA $56 $115,830
HI $53 $110,780
LA $52 $109,180
OR $52 $108,000
DC $51 $106,920
CO $48 $99,580
NJ $48 $99,170
NY $47 $97,030
CT $45 $93,960
ND $45 $93,250

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Clinical Psychologist is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like CA doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at CA might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Clinical Psychologists are in the states of CA, HI, LA, OR and DC.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Outpatient Care Centers $109100 $52.45
Child Day Care Services $105670 $50.80
Home Health Care Services $103520 $49.77
Offices of Other Health Practitioners $101860 $48.97
Junior Colleges $100470 $48.31
Offices of Physicians $99590 $47.88
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $96930 $46.60
Management of Companies and Enterprises $96860 $46.57
Local Government $94790 $45.57
Scientific Research and Development Services $93640 $45.02
Specialty Hospitals $92370 $44.41
Insurance Carriers $91250 $43.87
State Government $90290 $43.41
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals $90130 $43.33
Employment Services $89250 $42.91
Other Schools and Instruction $88140 $42.37
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $86470 $41.57
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities $86140 $41.41
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) $85810 $41.26
Vocational Rehabilitation Services $85750 $41.23
Individual and Family Services $84000 $40.39
Elementary and Secondary Schools $80960 $38.93
Educational Support Services $80500 $38.70
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services $78590 $37.78
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $75750 $36.42
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services $73190 $35.19
Other Residential Care Facilities $68890 $33.12
Social Advocacy Organizations $67240 $32.33
Grantmaking and Giving Services $50960 $24.50
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $ $*

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