Illinois Clinical Psychologist Salary Outlook

Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. adults have a mental illness, including depression, anxiety, phobias or other disorders. But a far lower number of adults seek treatment or therapy for their mental health problems, according to federal data. In Illinois, just under 17% of adults have a mental illness, and an even lower percentage of adults received mental health services in the past year.

Licensed clinical psychologists, whether they focus on anxiety, substance abuse or other issues, can help make a huge difference in the lives of people dealing with mental, emotional and behavioral issues, and in the state of Illinois, these trained mental health professionals are in high demand.

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How much money can clinical psychologists expect to earn in Illinois, which cities across the state are most attractive, and what are some real-life examples of places that have recently hired clinical psychologists in Illinois?

What’s On This Page

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

How Much Do Clinical Psychologists Make in Illinois?

The median wage for clinical psychologists in Illinois is just over $71,000 per year, which is considerably lower than the national median of about $77,00. Illinois’ median wage for this job also puts the state in the bottom half regionally.

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Median annual clinical psychologist wage, Midwestern states

North Dakota$83,730
South Dakota$68,780

When compared to states that tend to offer higher wages for clinical psychologists, Illinois does lag behind, but the job is far better-paying than the median wage for all jobs in the state, and it’s more lucrative than many other common occupations in Illinois.

Median annual Illinois wage, select occupations

All Occupations$39,950
Accountants and Auditors$71,470
Animal Control Workers$35,790
Avionics Technicians$60,770
Budget Analysts$72,820
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists$71,340
Construction Laborers$56,710
Court Reporters$63,500
Crossing Guards$30,110
Dietitians and Nutritionists$58,650
Flight Attendants$54,020
Interior Designers$49,690
Library Technicians$33,920
Nursing Assistants$27,860
Parts Salespersons$30,320
Postal Service Clerks$48,560
Substitute Teachers$30,110
Travel Agents$38,380

Clinical psychologist jobs are projected to experience nearly 6% growth over the next decade or so in Illinois.

Midwestern states by short- and long-term growth projections in clinical psychologist job openings

North Dakota17.2%0.0%
South Dakota11.4%0.0%

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

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Which Illinois Cities Are Best for Clinical Psychologists?

Wages for clinical psychologists vary widely across the state, from a high in Bloomington to a low in the Carbondale area.

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Illinois cities by median annual clinical psychologist wage


Among the 300 largest cities and metro areas, all 10 with the highest wages are in California, and so are most of the top 20. But excluding California cities, the Davenport, Iowa metro area, which includes portions of Illinois, has the third-highest median wage for clinical psychologists.

U.S. cities and metro areas by clinical psychologist median wage, top 20, excl. California

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

Who’s Hiring for Clinical Psychologists in Illinois?

Illinois is home to a broad range of companies and other organizations that regularly seek to hire clinical psychologists. While many of them are medical groups, other employers include public sector options like schools, government agencies or the military.

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Here’s a look at some real examples of employers who were looking to hire clinical psychologists across the state of Illinois in summer 2019:

  • The ABLE Center: Neuropsychology Center for Attention, Behavior & Learning
  • Taylor Psychological Services
  • Clocktower Psychological Associates
  • Crossroads Counseling and Life Coaching
  • Illinois Department of Human Services
  • Northwestern University
  • Counseling and Diagnostic Center of Woodfield
  • Quincy Medical Group
  • Northeastern Illinois University
  • Edgewood Clinical Services
  • Blessing Health System
  • Omni Therapeutics
  • Gersten Center for Behavioral Health
  • University of Chicago
  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
  • S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Connections Health
  • Wexford Health Services
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Closing the gap between the number of adults with mental illness and the number who seek treatment or services for mental illness in Illinois means attracting qualified and compassionate clinical psychologists.

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