Indiana Clinical Psychologist Salary Outlook

About 18% of U.S. adults have at least one diagnosable mental illness, according to federal health data. This could be something that’s often easily dealt with, such as anxiety, or something that’s considered more serious, like schizophrenia. In the state of Indiana, the percentage of adults with a mental illness is even higher, nearly 21%.

But despite nearly 1 in 5 adults having a mental illness, a much lower percentage of adults nationally seek help in a given year for any emotional or behavioral issues. About 14.6% of adults have sought mental health services in the past year.

With more than 20% of Indiana adults having a mental illness, it’s clear there’s a huge need in the state for licensed clinical psychologists, who are trained and educated in understanding mental illnesses and behavioral disorders and helping people overcome their issues and lead happy, healthy lives.

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So how attractive is Indiana for licensed clinical psychologists? What can they expect to earn for a living, how does that compare to other jobs in the state, and what types of employers are possible in Indiana?

What’s On This Page

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

How Much Do Clinical Psychologists Make in Indiana?

Clinical psychologists in the U.S. earn a median annual wage of about $77,000; Indiana’s median annual wage for the role is more than 18% lower than that, and it’s the second-lowest in the Midwest.

Median annual clinical psychologist wage, Midwestern states

Minnesota$84,630
North Dakota$83,730
Iowa$78,810
Wisconsin$77,090
Michigan$75,340
Ohio$72,930
Illinois$71,340
South Dakota$68,780
Nebraska$67,060
Missouri$65,890
Indiana$63,540
Kansas$58,900

While it’s true that clinical psychologists in Indiana make one of the lowest wages in the Midwest, among other workers in Indiana, their wages are relatively high, sitting about 80% higher than the median wage for all jobs in Indiana.

Median annual Indiana wage, select occupations

All Occupations$35,730
Animal Trainers$24,370
Bailiffs$36,860
Carpet Installers$31,980
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists$63,540
Dental Assistants$39,590
Editors$47,870
Firefighters$50,560
Graphic Designers$42,980
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$44,480
Interior Designers$42,290
Machinists$42,880
New Accounts Clerks$33,690
Parts Salespersons$30,650
Pharmacy Aides$23,420
Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers$54,570
Roofers$41,190
Sheet Metal Workers$52,440
Teacher Assistants$22,810
Travel Agents$36,420

Wages for clinical psychologists in Indiana may not be very high today, but the state is expected to see rapid growth in job openings over the next decade, which could help create a seller’s market for clinical psychology.

States by projected long-term growth rate for clinical psychologist job openings, top 20

Colorado33.5%
Utah30.8%
Arizona24.9%
Nevada21.7%
Washington21.5%
Texas20.0%
Florida19.9%
Virginia18.2%
Arkansas17.7%
Georgia17.4%
North Dakota17.2%
Missouri16.2%
Oklahoma15.9%
New York15.6%
Oregon15.5%
Alaska15.4%
Indiana15.4%
North Carolina15.3%
Maryland15.2%
Idaho14.3%

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

Which Indiana Cities Are Best for Clinical Psychologists?

Several cities and major metro areas across Indiana offer much more generous wages for clinical psychologists than the state as a whole, and salaries range from a high in Evansville to a low in Columbus.

Indiana cities and metro areas by median annual clinical psychologist wage

Evansville$76,040
Terre Haute$70,870
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson$68,480
South Bend-Mishawaka$64,970
Fort Wayne$61,750
Elkhart-Goshen$58,710
Columbus$45,090

Though Columbus offers the lowest annual wage among all Indiana cities for which data is available, clinical psychologist job openings are strongest in that city.

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

Columbus0.97
South Bend-Mishawaka0.78
Terre Haute0.78
Evansville0.72
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson0.44
Fort Wayne0.34
Elkhart-Goshen0.24

Who’s Hiring for Clinical Psychologists in Indiana?

The ideal employer depends on the individual clinical psychologist. They’ll need to consider things like their specialty or areas of particular focus as well as the work setting. Jobs are available in pretty much all specialty areas as well as in a range of settings, from educational to the military.

Here is a look at some real examples of companies and organizations that were seeking to hire clinical psychologists in Indiana in summer 2019:

  • Capitol City Family Education Services
  • S. Department of Justice
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • Joseph Probate Court
  • Hamilton Center
  • S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Oaklawn
  • Indiana University-Bloomington
  • Ivy Tech Community College
  • Franciscan Health
  • Gibault Children’s Services
  • Major Hospital
  • University of Indianapolis
  • Easterseals Crossroads
  • Community Health Network
  • Four County
  • Deer Oaks Mental Health Associates
  • The Hope Source
  • State of Indiana
  • Indiana Women’s Prison
  • Greenhouse Mental Health

Conclusion

Indiana has one of the highest rates of adults with any mental illnesses. But the state also has one of the highest rates of adults who seek mental health services, which means there’s a relatively high acceptance in Indiana of the need for mental healthcare. When you consider the growth rate projected in clinical psychologist jobs, the need in Indiana for qualified, compassionate individuals could help make up for relatively low wages.

SEE ALSO: Steps to Becoming a Clinical Psychologist

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