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%.
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?
What’s On This Page
- 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
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.
Average annual Iowa wage, select occupations
|Clinical, Counseling and School Psychologists||$83,090|
|Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals||$33,040|
|Hearing Aid Specialists||$51,790|
|Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers||$31,400|
|Light Truck Drivers||$33,080|
|Occupational Therapy Aides||$30,830|
|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
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
|Des Moines-West Des Moines||$88,870|
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|
|Urban Honolulu, HI||$113,930|
|Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL||$102,570|
|New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA||$100,320|
|Iowa City, IA||$99,790|
|Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY||$98,960|
|Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA||$98,710|
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.
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
- 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
- Key Rehabilitation
- Mitchell County Regional Health Center
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.
SEE ALSO: Best Iowa Psychology Doctorate Programs
- Information on clinical psychologist job openings in Iowa was gathered from listings posted in summer 2020 on Indeed.com and Glassdoor.com
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2017-2018 NSDUH State Prevalence Estimates. (2019). Retrieved from https://www.samhsa.gov/data/report/2017-2018-nsduh-state-prevalence-estimates
- U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Query System. (2020). Accessed from https://data.bls.gov/oes/#/home
- Projections Managing Partnership, Projections Central, Long Term Occupational Projections. (Undated). Accessed from https://projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm
- Average Clinical Psychologist Salary by State. (2020). Retrieved from https://psydprograms.org/average-clinical-psychologist-salary-by-state/