Michigan Clinical Psychologist Salary Outlook

Dealing with a mental illness, emotional issues or behavioral disorder can be devastating in a person’s life, often keeping them from achieving personal or professional happiness. In fact, while nearly 20% of American adults have a diagnosable mental illness, well under 15% receive any mental health services, according to the most recent available federal data.

In Michigan, people are slightly more likely to avail themselves of mental health services, which makes the state among the most attractive for licensed clinical psychologists, who are qualified to help patients and clients improve their everyday lives through a variety of therapeutic methods.

What can clinical psychologists expect to earn in Michigan, which cities across the state have the highest salaries, and which organizations have recently sought to hire new clinical psychologists?

How Much Do Clinical Psychologists Make in Michigan?

Michigan’s annual median wage for clinical psychologists is just over $75,000, which is very close to the overall U.S. median of $76,990, and the state ranks No. 18 overall.

Median annual clinical psychologist wage, top 20

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
Nevada $77,200
Wisconsin $77,090
Michigan $75,340
Pennsylvania $74,930
Delaware $74,390

In addition to boasting a clinical psychologist wage among the top half nationally, Michigan clinical psychologists also can expect to make far higher salaries than individuals in other jobs. In fact, the median clinical psychologist wage in Michigan is more than double the median annual wage for all jobs in the state.

Median annual Michigan wage, select occupations

All Occupations $37,620
Advertising Sales Agents $45,310
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists $75,340
Dental Hygienists $64,660
Editors $52,740
Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators $34,480
Industrial Engineering Technicians $51,520
Labor Relations Specialists $68,010
Manicurists and Pedicurists $24,390
Medical Assistants $31,900
Occupational Health and Safety Specialists $69,740
Parking Enforcement Workers $30,990
Pharmacy Aides $24,920
Sociologists $77,170
Tool and Die Makers $54,360
Transit and Railroad Police $44,320
Travel Agents $35,720
Urban and Regional Planners $66,700
Veterinarians $84,820
Word Processors and Typists $38,480

In addition to relatively high wages, clinical psychologist job openings are expected to become much more common in Michigan over the next several years. Among all Midwestern states, Michigan’s growth rate for clinical psychologist job openings is one of the highest.

Midwestern states by projected long- and short-term growth rate for clinical psychologist job openings

State Long-term Short-term
Ohio 13.4% 3.5%
Indiana 15.4% 3.3%
Minnesota 11.9% 2.8%
Nebraska 11.3% 2.7%
Missouri 16.2% 2.6%
Kansas 9.3% 2.4%
Michigan 13.5% 1.6%
Iowa 12.2% 1.6%
Illinois 5.9% 1.4%
Wisconsin 9.7% 1.1%
North Dakota 17.2% 0.0%
South Dakota 11.4% 0.0%

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

Which Michigan Cities Are Best for Clinical Psychologists?

Wages vary dramatically across Michigan for clinical psychologists, from a low of $57,500 in Niles to a high of $87,530 in Jackson.

Michigan cities and metro areas by median annual clinical psychologist wage

Jackson $87,530
Ann Arbor $78,890
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn $76,310
Kalamazoo-Portage $74,710
Lansing-East Lansing $72,580
Grand Rapids-Wyoming $72,270
Flint $71,560
Battle Creek $69,670
Muskegon $66,100
Niles-Benton Harbor $57,500

Jackson, in addition to having the highest wage among Michigan cities for clinical psychologists, also has one of the highest wages among all U.S. cities. Excluding California, a state that dramatically skews data for clinical psychology, Jackson’s median annual wage for the job is No. 13.

U.S. cities and metro areas by clinical psychologist employment 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 Michigan?

Whether they seek work in the public or private sector or have a particular specialty area they practice in, clinical psychologists have hundreds of options for employers across the state of Michigan.

Here’s a look at a sampling of companies and organizations with clinical psychologist job openings in summer 2019:

  1. Seniors Wellness Group
  2. Rush Pediatric Neuropsychology
  3. PsyGenics
  4. Developmental Enhancement
  5. Merakey
  6. Building Bridges Therapy Center
  7. Oakland County
  8. Autism Spectrum Therapies
  9. Great Lakes Psychology Group
  10. Jenison Psychological Services
  11. Henry Ford Health System
  12. Cancer & Hematology Centers of Western Michigan
  13. Premise Health
  14. Correct Care Solutions
  15. University of Michigan
  16. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  17. Easterseals
  18. Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services

Conclusion

Learning how to cope with the stresses of life and the symptoms of mental illness is a challenge, but it’s one for which clinical psychologists are well trained. While the desire to help others is the primary drive in seeking a career in clinical psychology, here in Michigan, it certainly doesn’t help that typical wages are relatively high and growth rates are hot.

Additional References

  • Information on clinical psychologist job openings in Michigan was gathered from listings posted in July 2019 on Indeed.com and Glassdoor.com
  • Projections Managing Partnership, Projections Central, Short Term Occupational Projections. (Undated). Accessed from https://projectionscentral.com/Projections/ShortTerm
  • Projections Managing Partnership, Projections Central, Long Term Occupational Projections. (Undated). Accessed from https://projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm
  • 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., 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.