Colorado Clinical Psychologist Salary Outlook

Nearly 20% of U.S. adults has a mental illness, including anxiety disorder, PTSD or depression. But unfortunately, too few people receive the help they need to lead better lives, and this gap is contributing to a major mental healthcare crisis in the U.S. Only about 15% of people in an average year receive any treatment for mental health or behavioral issues.

Adults in Colorado experience mental illness at roughly the same rate as the U.S. overall, but Coloradans are slightly more likely to seek treatment and services for mental, behavioral and emotional health concerns.

This helps make Colorado an attractive place for mental health professionals, such as licensed clinical psychologists, to seek professional employment, as does relatively high wages for these professionals when compared to other states. Let’s dive into how much clinical psychologists make in Colorado and what job openings have been posted for such professionals recently.

What’s On This Page

  • How Much Do Clinical Psychologists Make in Colorado?
  • Who’s Hiring for Clinical Psychologists in Colorado?
  • Which Colorado Cities Are Best for Clinical Psychologists?

How Much Do Clinical Psychologists Make in Colorado?

Colorado ranks 10th overall among all states for the median annual clinical psychologist wage, which is $84,410, higher not only than most states but higher than the overall U.S. median of about $77,000.

Median annual clinical psychologist wage, top 10 states

California$100,850
Oregon$89,150
Connecticut$88,890
New York$88,710
Rhode Island$86,370
New Jersey$85,160
District of Columbia$84,780
Alaska$84,740
Minnesota$84,630
Colorado$84,410

In addition to having a median wage that’s among the 10 highest in the nation for clinical psychologists, these highly trained mental health professionals earn salaries that are considerably higher than the wage for all occupations as well as many other jobs that are popular in the state.

Median annual Colorado wage, select occupations

All Occupations$42,310
Barbers$30,110
Broadcast News Analysts$71,190
Camera and Photographic Equipment Repairers$30,240
Chemists$72,120
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists$84,410
Database Administrators$92,260
Editors$57,350
Electricians$54,980
Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse$29,850
Firefighters$59,090
Gaming Managers$61,840
Graphic Designers$50,950
Hearing Aid Specialists$53,940
Home Health Aides$25,260
Librarians$60,370
Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service$32,360
Medical Assistants$35,640
Occupational Therapy Aides$33,450
Painters, Construction and Maintenance$40,210
Plasterers and Stucco Masons$36,560
Radiologic Technologists$64,130
Tellers$29,600
Travel Agents$40,780
Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers$29,720

Sweetening the high-wage pot for Colorado is the nation’s highest projected rate of long-term growth in job openings for clinical psychologists. These jobs are expected to grow by nearly 34% through 2026.

States by projected long-term clinical psychologist job growth

Colorado33.50%
Utah30.80%
Arizona24.90%
Nevada21.70%
Washington21.50%
Texas20.00%
Florida19.90%
Virginia18.20%
Arkansas17.70%

Note: Short-term, 2018-2020; long-term, 2016-2026

Which Colorado Cities Are Best for Clinical Psychologists?

While the state as a whole offers higher-than-average wages for clinical psychologists, Colorado cities vary widely when it comes to median wages, from a high in Grand Junction to a low in Greeley.

Colorado cities by median annual clinical psychologist wage

Grand Junction$91,020
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood$88,590
Fort Collins$87,110
Colorado Springs$79,440
Boulder$73,620
Greeley$64,950

Three Colorado cities and metro areas are among the leaders nationally when compared to all cities and metro areas in the country, with Grand Junction, Denver and Fort Collins all having among the highest wages (outside of California, which has several very high-paying cities).

Metro areas by median clinical psychologist wage, top 20*

Baton Rouge, LA$107,370
Bend-Redmond, OR$106,260
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL$97,820
Chambersburg-Waynesboro, PA$95,280
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT$94,000
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA$93,360
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA$92,380
Grand Junction, CO$91,020
Reno, NV$90,900
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI$88,920
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO$88,590
Kingston, NY$87,900
Jackson, MI$87,530
Salisbury, MD-DE$87,480
Leominster-Gardner, MA$87,170
Fort Collins, CO$87,110
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA$86,770
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT$86,650
Utica-Rome, NY$86,090
Springfield, MA-CT$86,080

* Excluding California cities

Who’s Hiring for Clinical Psychologists in Colorado?

It’s common for clinical psychologists to open their own practices where they can diagnose and treat patients who are dealing with specific mental health problems or who meet other demographic criteria, such as being adolescents or elderly. Many other clinical psychologists will choose instead to seek employment with an existing business, agency or organization, and this can include employers both in the public and private sectors.

Here’s a look at a handful of the clinical psychologist jobs that were posted in the fall of 2019:

  1. The Metis Center for Psychological Services
  2. Colorado State University
  3. UCHealth
  4. Denver Public Schools
  5. U.S. Department of Justice
  6. OnSite Counseling
  7. U.S. Army
  8. State of Colorado
  9. Emerge
  10. Wellpath
  11. MediTelecare
  12. University of Denver
  13. Shandy Clinic
  14. Spectrum Healthcare Resources
  15. Rocky Mountain Behavioral Medicine
  16. Premise Health
  17. Colorado Department of Human Services
  18. A Wiser Mind
  19. Marillac Health Community Center
  20. SummitStone Health Partners

Conclusion

With wages that are among the top 10 in the nation and a job growth rate that is the very highest in the U.S., Colorado should continue its position as one of the most attractive states for people who are qualified, trained clinical psychologists.

SEE ALSO: Colorado Psychology Doctorate Programs

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