Massachusetts Clinical Psychologist Salary

Untreated mental or behavioral health disorders can negatively impact every aspect of a person’s life, from their relationships to their careers, even their physical health. That’s why it’s so concerning that despite more than 18% of U.S. adults having a diagnosable mental illness, a much lower percentage of adults have sought mental healthcare services, according to federal health officials.

In Massachusetts, lack of mental healthcare treatment is less of a pressing issue, with the commonwealth having the third-highest percentage of adults seeking mental healthcare services. This may be partially due to the fact that licensed clinical psychologists in Massachusetts earn some of the highest wages in the nation.

So what becoming a clinical psychologist expect to earn here in Massachusetts, how does the commonwealth compare to other states, and what kinds of employers are available for such professionals in Massachusetts?

How Much Do Clinical Psychologists Make in Massachusetts?

The median annual wage for clinical psychologists across the U.S. is about $77,000, which is slightly lower than the median wage for such individuals in Massachusetts.

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Median annual clinical psychologist wage, top 15

California $100,850
Oregon $89,150
Connecticut $88,890
New York $88,710
Rhode Island $86,370
New Jersey $85,160
District of Columbia $84,780
Alaska $84,740
Minnesota $84,630
Colorado $84,410
North Dakota $83,730
Massachusetts $79,810
Maryland $78,980
Iowa $78,810
Hawaii $78,440

In addition to having a median wage here in Massachusetts that’s higher than the national median, clinical psychologists also earn more here than folks in many other common occupations.

Median annual Massachusetts wage, select occupations

All Occupations $48,680
Accountants and Auditors $74,890
Barbers $39,160
Carpenters $57,210
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists $79,810
Dental Assistants $45,760
Editors $71,730
File Clerks $35,760
Genetic Counselors $83,260
Human Resources Specialists $68,110
Librarians $68,310
Nursing Assistants $32,310
Paralegals and Legal Assistants $56,660
Postal Service Clerks $60,090
Security Guards $32,400
Surveyors $62,500
Teacher Assistants $32,780
Tour and Travel Guides $32,690
Urban and Regional Planners $80,410
Web Developers $81,200

Among all states in the Northeastern region, Massachusetts is expected to have the third-highest rate of growth for job openings in clinical psychology through 2026.

Northeastern states by projected long-term growth rate for clinical psychologist job openings

State Long-term Short-term
Connecticut 7.4% 1.8%
Maine 5.3% 0.0%
Massachusetts 11.9% 2.8%
New Hampshire 12.2% 2.0%
New Jersey 7.6% 1.5%
New York 15.6% 3.4%
Pennsylvania 9.3% 2.4%
Rhode Island 4.3% 1.3%
Vermont 6.4% 1.4%

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

Which Massachusetts Cities Are Best for Clinical Psychologists?

Among Massachusetts cities and metro areas for which data is available, most offer wages even higher than the state’s overall median wage, though figures vary across the commonwealth.

Massachusetts cities and metro areas by median annual clinical psychologist wage

Leominster-Gardner $87,170
Springfield $86,080
Pittsfield $83,790
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua $81,290
Worcester $72,720
Barnstable Town $67,360
New Bedford $62,110

Salary figures are important, but they are only one part of understanding the health of a job market. Prevalence of job openings also is critical, and multiple Massachusetts cities and metro areas are among those with the highest concentrations of clinical psychologist jobs.

U.S. cities and metro areas by clinical psychologist employment per 1,000 jobs, top 20

Hanford-Corcoran, CA 3.625
Madera, CA 2.968
Mankato-North Mankato, MN 2.624
College Station-Bryan, TX 2.459
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 2.089
Fairbanks, AK 2.03
Barnstable Town, MA 1.98
New Bedford, MA 1.953
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 1.872
Missoula, MT 1.819
Bakersfield, CA 1.803
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 1.794
La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN 1.784
Boulder, CO 1.66
Kingston, NY 1.657
Billings, MT 1.609
Prescott, AZ 1.603
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 1.574
Eau Claire, WI 1.57
Madison, WI 1.567

Who’s Hiring for Clinical Psychologists in Massachusetts?

Public sector. Private sector. Military. Children and families. Anxiety. PTSD. There’s a virtually limitless mix of types of job settings and specialty areas that clinical psychologists can choose from here in Massachusetts.

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Here is a look at just a few of the actual employers who were seeking to hire for this job in Massachusetts in the summer of 2019:

  • Kendall Psychological Associates
  • Life Changes Group
  • Refresh Mental Health
  • MedOptions
  • The Leggett Group
  • Austen Riggs Center
  • Trial Courts of Massachusetts
  • Boston Public Schools
  • Azimuth Psychological
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Arbour Hospital
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Bristol Community College
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • S. Air Force
  • Cambridge Health Alliance
  • Atrius Health
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Conclusion

Almost 1 in 5 adults in Massachusetts sought mental health services in the past year, the third-highest rate in the nation. A high utilization rate for mental, behavioral and emotional health services, combined with relatively high wages and job growth rates, should keep the commonwealth of Massachusetts an attractive place for licensed clinical psychologists to work over the next 10 years.

SEE ALSO: Massachusetts: How to Earn a Psychology Doctorate Degree

Additional References

  • Information on clinical psychologist job openings in Massachusetts was gathered from listings posted in August 2019 on Indeed.com and Glassdoor.com
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2016-2017 NSDUH State Prevalence Estimates. (Undated). Retrieved from https://www.samhsa.gov/data/report/2016-2017-nsduh-state-prevalence-estimates
  • U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Psychologists. (2019). Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/psychologists.htm#tab-5
  • U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Query System. (2019). Accessed from https://data.bls.gov/oes/#/home

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Ann Steele, Ph.D.

Ann Steele, Ph.D.

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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.