Iowa Clinical Psychologist Salary Outlook

About 1 in 5 Iowa adults has a mental illness, including things like addiction, substance abuse disorder, depression, OCD and more. While the state’s mental illness rates are consistent with overall national rates, there’s a bit of good news: Iowa adults are more likely than their counterparts across the country to seek mental health treatment.

An average of about 15% of American adults received mental health services in the past year, according to the most recent data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, but in Iowa, the rate was 18.2%.

SEE ALSO: Steps to Becoming a Clinical Psychologist

What does broader acceptance of the importance of mental healthcare mean for licensed professionals, such as clinical psychologists, and what salaries they can expect to earn in Iowa?

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

How Much Do Clinical Psychologists Make in Iowa?

Nationally, clinical psychologists earn an average wage of just over $81,000. In Iowa, they can expect to earn a bit more than that, and Iowa’s average wage for these professionals puts the state in the top half among other Midwestern states.

Average annual clinical psychologist wage, Midwestern states

North Dakota$92,370
South Dakota$77,560

Not only do clinical psychologists in Iowa earn higher than the national average in a typical year, they also make quite a bit more than the average Iowa worker. The overall average wage for all occupations in the state is about $47,000, or roughly 77% lower than the average clinical psychologist salary.

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Average annual Iowa wage, select occupations

All Occupations$47,330
Agricultural Inspectors$52,480
Clinical, Counseling and School Psychologists$83,090
Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals$33,040
Graphic Designers$46,000
Hearing Aid Specialists$51,790
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$31,400
Light Truck Drivers$33,080
Medical Assistants$35,880
Occupational Therapy Aides$30,830
Pharmacy Technicians$33,430
Procurement Clerks$42,240
Recreational Therapists$54,400
Structural Iron and Steel Workers$53,520
Tool and Die Makers$50,220

In addition to relatively high wages, clinical psychologists in Iowa can also expect to have a healthy rate of job openings over the next several years. Through 2028, clinical psychologist jobs in the U.S. should grow about 15%, which is just under the rate projected for Iowa.

States by projected long-term growth rate for clinical psychologist job openings, top 15

New York25.6%
South Dakota20.0%
North Carolina16.6%

Note: Short-term 2019-2021; long-term 2018-2028

Which Iowa Cities Are Best for Clinical Psychologists?

Expected wages vary considerably across the state, peaking in the Iowa City area at a tick under $100,000, and falling to their lowest levels in Cedar Rapids at $77,580.

Iowa cities and metro areas by average annual clinical psychologist wage

Iowa City$99,790
Sioux City$90,030
Des Moines-West Des Moines$88,870
Waterloo-Cedar Falls$86,770
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island$82,270
Cedar Rapids$77,580

Most of the best-paying cities for clinical psychologists are in California, but taking those cities out of the equation, Iowa City moves up to No. 11 among all U.S. cities and metro areas.

Non-California cities and metro areas by average clinical psychologist wage, top 15

Jefferson City, MO$118,920
Trenton, NJ$114,740
Urban Honolulu, HI$113,930
Manchester, NH$108,080
Bismarck, ND$103,070
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL$102,570
Asheville, NC$102,450
Corvallis, OR$102,290
Provo-Orem, UT$101,210
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA$100,320
Iowa City, IA$99,790
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI$99,680
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY$98,960
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA$98,710
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO$97,870

Who’s Hiring for Clinical Psychologists in Iowa?

While setting up your own private practice and working directly with patients is certainly one possible career path for clinical psychologists, the reality is that there are virtually limitless possibilities when it comes to potential employers and industries.

SEE ALSO: Steps to Becoming a Clinical Psychologist

New openings are going up by the day, but here’s a look at a few of the employers who were looking to hire clinical psychologists in Iowa in the summer of 2020:

  • Iowa Primary Care Association
  • VocoVision
  • UnityPoint Health
  • State of Iowa
  • US Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Eyerly-Ball Community Mental Health Services
  • Broadlawns Medical Center
  • Strategic Behavioral Health
  • Catholic Charities Diocese of Des Moines
  • Mary Greeley Medical Center
  • Crossroads Behavioral Health Services
  • Resources for Human Development
  • MercyOne
  • Key Rehabilitation
  • Mitchell County Regional Health Center
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With relatively high wages and a stock of available employers, Iowa should remain an attractive state for clinical psychologists in the near-future and over the long haul. And the state’s high rate of mental health service utilization means many Iowa residents are open to receiving mental health services.

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