Minnesota Clinical Psychologist Salary Outlook

The United States is in the midst of a mental health crisis, as almost 1 in 5 adults has a mental illness but only about 15% of people in a given year receive any treatment or other mental healthcare services. Meanwhile, suicide and addiction rates have continued to climb across the country.

That’s where trained, compassionate clinical psychologists can make a difference. These highly educated individuals are qualified to diagnose and treat a range of issues from the day-to-day anxieties of life to serious behavioral and mental health disorders like PTSD.

SEE ALSO: How to Become a Clinical Psychologist

In Minnesota, adults experience mental illness at roughly the same rate as the national figure, but nearly 18% of adults receive services for mental illness or other behavioral issues in a given year, meaning that our state could be more attractive for mental health professionals, including clinical psychologists.

What can such professionals expect to earn here in Minnesota, which parts of the state have the highest wages, and what are examples of specific jobs here in Minnesota?

What’s On This Page

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

How Much Do Clinical Psychologists Make in Minnesota?

The median clinical psychologist wage in Minnesota of $84,630 is the ninth-highest in the nation and the very highest among all 12 states in the Midwest. In addition to being among the top 10, this figure is also considerably higher than the overall U.S. median for this job of about $77,000.

Median annual clinical psychologist wage, top 10 states

New York$88,710
Rhode Island$86,370
New Jersey$85,160
District of Columbia$84,780

Minnesota clinical psychologists earn high wages compared to most of their counterparts across the country, and they also earn high wages when compared to other jobs within the state, with a wage that’s nearly double the overall wage for all jobs in Minnesota.

Median annual Minnesota wage, select occupations

All Occupations$42,630
Animal Scientists$65,760
Broadcast Technicians$38,240
Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers$50,260
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists$84,630
Court Reporters$73,800
Electrical Engineers$95,380
Fence Erectors$38,550
Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers$51,380
Information Security Analysts$95,360
Labor Relations Specialists$75,670
Legal Secretaries$51,890
Massage Therapists$48,700
Medical Assistants$39,880
Office Clerks, General$36,360
Real Estate Sales Agents$40,870
Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs$27,640
Travel Agents$44,140
Writers and Authors$61,880

Positive job growth is expected in Minnesota for clinical psychologist job openings over the next year as well as for the next several years, and Minnesota has one of the highest short-term growth rates in the Midwest.

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

North Dakota17.20%0.00%
South Dakota11.40%0.00%

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

Which Minnesota Cities Are Best for Clinical Psychologists?

As one might expect, the highest-paying locale for clinical psychologists in Minnesota is the state’s largest metro area, Minneapolis-St. Paul, where the typical clinical psychologist makes nearly $89,000 per year.

Minnesota cities by median annual clinical psychologist wage

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington$88,920
Mankato-North Mankato$81,550
St. Cloud$70,430

Not only are the Twin Cities the highest-paying metro area in the state, the larger metro area, which includes portions of Wisconsin, takes the No. 10 spot among all metro areas outside of California, which has several cities that top the list.

Metro areas by median clinical psychologist wage, top 10*

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

* Excludes California cities

Who’s Hiring for Clinical Psychologists in Minnesota?

Whether they want to work with a particular demographic, such as children and families, or want to help people with a particular behavioral issue, such as anxiety disorder, there are job opportunities for clinical psychologists across a broad range of employers, both public and private sector.

Here’s a look at some of the jobs for clinical psychologists that were posted in fall 2019 in Minnesota:

  • Lorenz Clinic
  • Fairview Health Services
  • Alliance Health Care
  • Regions Hospital
  • State of Minnesota
  • PsychPros
  • Zen Healing Center
  • Ballard Clinic
  • The Center for Victims of Torture
  • Minnesota Judicial Branch
  • S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Minnesota Department of Human Services
  • Headway Emotional Health Services
  • Hazelden
  • Minnesota Mental Health Clinics
  • CentraCare Health
  • Acacia Counseling & Wellness
  • Stevens Community Medical Center
  • Innercept
  • Cigna
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Between the higher-than-average wages and the healthy short- and long-term growth rates projected, Minnesota looks to continue being a popular landing place for licensed clinical psychologists looking for rewarding jobs.

SEE ALSO: Minnesota Psychology Doctorate Programs

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