Arizona Clinical Psychologist Salary Outlook

About 1 in 5 American adults report dealing with mental health issues on a regular basis, but less than 15% receive any treatment or clinical support for their problems, according to federal health data. Whether specializing in anxiety, substance abuse or some other area of mental and emotional health, clinical psychologists are uniquely positioned to make a huge impact in everyday lives.

In Arizona, only about 13% of adults receive mental health treatment or therapy, which is among the 10 lowest percentages in the U.S. Part of the reason could be that too few clinical psychologists are working in the state.

Among psychologists in a variety of settings, clinical psychologists tend to make lower salaries, but they still earn far more than the average worker in the United States. What do clinical psychologist salaries, job openings and employment trends look like here in Arizona?

How Much Do Clinical Psychologists Make in Arizona?

Nationally, clinical psychologists earn a median wage of just under $77,000 per year, but salaries in Arizona are lower than the typical national wage.

Median annual clinical psychologist wage, Western states

California $100,850
Oregon $89,150
Alaska $84,740
Colorado $84,410
Hawaii $78,440
Nevada $77,200
Wyoming $74,350
Washington $71,670
Utah $70,740
New Mexico $66,810
Idaho $66,140
Arizona $61,500
Montana $60,540

Clinical psychologist wages in Arizona may lag behind the national median as well as coming in near the bottom regionally, but clinical psychologists in Arizona still tend to earn far more than individuals in many other popular jobs in the state.

Median annual Arizona wage, select occupations

All Occupations $37,020
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians $52,600
Carpenters $41,010
Clergy $52,050
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists $61,500
Correctional Officers and Jailers $43,110
Customer Service Representatives $32,450
Dental Assistants $41,690
Electricians $46,620
Financial Examiners $50,690
Firefighters $44,190
Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors $40,810
Graphic Designers $47,040
Health Educators $46,220
Highway Maintenance Workers $38,980
Landscape Architects $64,500
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers $27,230
Lawyers $111,590
Librarians $48,110
Massage Therapists $38,800
Physical Therapists $85,190
Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers $65,220
Travel Agents $47,430
Tree Trimmers and Pruners $43,260
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians $33,370

Arizona’s wages for clinical psychologists may not be the highest in the nation, but the state is expected to have one of the most rapid growth rates for these jobs over the next few years.

States by projected long-term growth rate for clinical psychologist job openings

Colorado 33.5%
Utah 30.8%
Arizona 24.9%
Nevada 21.7%
Washington 21.5%
Texas 20.0%
Florida 19.9%
Virginia 18.2%
Arkansas 17.7%
Georgia 17.4%

Note: Long-term growth rate refers to projected increase in job openings between 2016 and 2026.

Which Arizona Cities Are Best for Clinical Psychologists?

While Arizona as a whole has salary figures that are relatively low compared to all other states, typical wages vary pretty widely depending on which area of the state you consider.

Arizona cities by median annual clinical psychologist wage

Flagstaff $67,370
Yuma $66,290
Phoenix $64,370
Prescott $57,850
Tucson $54,220

Of the 300+ largest U.S. cities or metro areas, one Arizona community boasts a concentration of clinical psychologist jobs that’s among the top 20.

U.S. cities/metro areas by clinical psychologist employment per 1,000 jobs, top 20

Madera, CA 2.97
Mankato-North Mankato, MN 2.62
College Station-Bryan, TX 2.46
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 2.09
Fairbanks, AK 2.03
Barnstable Town, MA 1.98
New Bedford, MA 1.95
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 1.87
Missoula, MT 1.82
Bakersfield, CA 1.80
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 1.79
La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN 1.78
Boulder, CO 1.66
Kingston, NY 1.66
Billings, MT 1.61
Prescott, AZ 1.60
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 1.57
Eau Claire, WI 1.57
Madison, WI 1.57
Trenton, NJ 1.53

Who’s Hiring for Clinical Psychologists in Arizona?

Those with a passion for helping others improve their mental and emotional states have a wide range of options when it comes to the type of organization they want to work for. That’s because jobs are regularly available in the public and private sectors and in a range of specialty areas.

While new openings are posted all the time, here’s a look at some of the Arizona organizations that were seeking to hire clinical psychologists in the summer of 2019:

  • White Mountain Apache Tribe
  • District Medical Group
  • S. Army Medicine Civilian Corps
  • AceTek Solutions
  • Washington Elementary School District
  • University of Arizona
  • S. Navy
  • Desert Choice Schools
  • Wellpath
  • La Palma Correctional Center
  • State of Arizona
  • HumanEdge
  • Dignity Health
  • International Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment
  • Rising Youth
  • Circle the City
  • Peoria Unified School District
  • Soliant Health

Conclusion

With one of the fewest mental health utilization rates in the country, there’s no doubt that Arizona can use all the qualified, passionate clinical psychologists it can get. Despite earning relatively low wages when compared to other states, Arizona is projected to have very rapid growth in these jobs, which should help put qualified individuals in high demand across the state.

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Ann Steele, Ph.D.

Ann Steele, Ph.D.

Editor-In-Chief

Ann Steele, Ph.D., is Editor-In-Chief of PsydPrograms.org. Ann has training as a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst who has worked with adults, couples, adolescents, and preteens throughout San Diego county.