Florida Clinical Psychologist Salary Outlook

According to federal health data, nearly 20% of adults in the United States say they deal regularly with mental health issues, including substance abuse and mental illness, but less than 15% receive treatment or help in any given year.

While Floridians report experiencing mental health issues slightly less frequently, they avail themselves of treatment options at a lower rate than the overall U.S. level. Why does Florida rank so low when it comes to utilization of treatment for mental illness? One contributing factor could be that the state isn’t among the national leaders in either wages or job availability for clinical psychologists, who are mental health professionals trained in assisting individuals with their emotional or behavioral health problems.

Where are clinical psychologist jobs the most plentiful (and best paying) in Florida, how does the state stack up against others, and which companies and organizations are regularly seeking individuals who are qualified to work in clinical psychology?

How Much Do Clinical Psychologists Make in Florida?

The national median wage of about $77,000 per year for clinical psychologists is just over the median wage for that job in Florida, and the state ranks in the top half among all Southern states.

Median annual clinical psychologist wage, Southern states

District of Columbia $84,780
Maryland $78,980
Delaware $74,390
Virginia $73,930
Georgia $71,200
Florida $69,650
Texas $66,070
Tennessee $64,330
Louisiana $63,540
North Carolina $62,470
Arkansas $62,200
South Carolina $61,030
Alabama $60,370
Kentucky $59,300
Mississippi $57,780
West Virginia $50,890
Oklahoma $49,830

Florida’s median annual wage for clinical psychologists doesn’t exactly put the state at the top of the entire nation, but the job is far more lucrative than the state’s overall median wage for all occupations, and it comes in higher than many other popular jobs in Florida.

Median annual Florida wage, select occupations

All Occupations $34,560
Advertising Sales Agents $47,540
Bill and Account Collectors $34,190
Camera Operators $50,420
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists $69,650
Commercial Pilots $77,430
Door-to-Door Sales Workers $24,490
Electricians $42,570
Fire Inspectors and Investigators $60,250
Health Educators $48,150
Historians $47,900
Microbiologists $62,800
Nursing Assistants $26,020
Orderlies $24,600
Physical Therapists $87,840
Real Estate Brokers $49,080
Roofers $33,800
Security Guards $24,380
Veterinarians $92,410
Writers and Authors $47,190

Florida isn’t quite a hotbed for clinical psychologists just yet, but that is changing. The state’s projected growth rate for clinical psychologist job openings is the one of the highest in the nation.

States by projected short-term growth rate for clinical psychologist job openings, top 10

Alaska 7.7%
Arizona 5.8%
Washington 4.9%
Oregon 4.3%
Colorado 4.1%
Utah 4.1%
Florida 4.0%
California 4.0%
Wyoming 4.0%
Georgia 3.9%

Note: Short-term growth rate refers to projected increase in job openings between 2018 and 2020.

Which Florida Cities Are Best for Clinical Psychologists?

With such a vast and diverse state, it’s not hard to understand why wages vary widely across the state of Florida, and it’s no different for clinical psychologists. Wages range from the high of $80,500 in Jacksonville to just over $38,000 in Panama City.

Florida cities and metro areas by median annual clinical psychologist wage

Jacksonville $80,500
Lakeland-Winter Haven $79,390
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach $72,890
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent $68,950
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater $68,580
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford $67,490
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton $65,110
Port St. Lucie $63,470
Tallahassee $62,990
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville $55,530
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach $51,590
Cape Coral-Fort Myers $46,680
Panama City $38,190

Salary is only one aspect to the health of a job market; where in Florida are clinical psychologist jobs most plentiful?

Florida cities and metro areas by clinical psychologist employment per 1,000 jobs

Port St. Lucie 0.91
Panama City 0.67
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach 0.63
Tallahassee 0.53
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater 0.49
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton 0.49
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville 0.45
Jacksonville 0.40
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent 0.34
Lakeland-Winter Haven 0.30
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford 0.28

Who’s Hiring for Clinical Psychologists in Florida?

Trained and licensed clinical psychologists in Florida can find work in a variety of settings, from hospital and medical settings to corporate or even military environments. Those with particular specialties, including addiction, anxiety or children, also can drill down even further to find the perfect job for them.

Here’s a look at some of the organizations in Florida that were seeking or recently had advertised for clinical psychologists in the summer of 2019:

  • Jackson Health System
  • Moffitt Cancer Center
  • Apalachee Center
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • University of Florida
  • Potomac Healthcare Solutions
  • Seminole Tribe of Florida
  • The Watershed
  • Volusia County Schools
  • Northwest Florida Community Hospital
  • Spine Institute of Central Florida
  • Brevard Health Alliance
  • S. Navy
  • Psychological Services of Jacksonville
  • Tampa General Hospital
  • Cotler Health Care
  • S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Compassionate Care Recovery

Conclusion

With a higher-than-state-median annual wage and a healthy near-term growth rate, jobs in clinical psychology in Florida look to be a wise choice, particularly for individuals who understand that helping spread acceptance of mental health treatment is a long process. With low utilization rates, it may be an uphill battle here in Florida, but those who are passionate about helping others are surely equal to the task.

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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.