Missouri Clinical Psychologist Salary Outlook

Around 20% of U.S. adults deal with mental health issues, including serious mental illness, on a regular basis. Unfortunately, less than 15% of people receive treatment or clinical support to help dealing with their mental health issues, according to the most recent federal mental health data. In Missouri, the prevalence of both mental illness and treatment for mental illness is roughly the same as on the national level.

One of the key occupations within the mental healthcare landscape are licensed clinical psychologists, highly trained and compassionate individuals who are qualified to diagnose and treat mental illness as well as helping people cope with the day-to-day stress that everyone, even those without a mental illness diagnosis, deal with.

SEE ALSO: How to Become a Clinical Psychologist

Among all psychologists, those who have the title clinical psychologist tend to make lower wages, but they still earn far higher salaries than the typical American worker, and the same holds true in Missouri. Let’s take a look at what licensed clinical psychologists earn in the Show Me State and what employment options exist for such professionals here.

What’s On This Page

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

How Much Do Clinical Psychologists Make in Missouri?

The typical clinical psychologist in the U.S. earns a median of just under $77,000, but wages tend to be even lower here in Missouri, which has the third-lowest median wage for clinical psychologists in the Midwest.

Median annual clinical psychologist wage, Midwestern states

Minnesota$84,630
North Dakota$83,730
Iowa$78,810
Wisconsin$77,090
Michigan$75,340
Ohio$72,930
Illinois$71,340
South Dakota$68,780
Nebraska$67,060
Missouri$65,890
Indiana$63,540
Kansas$58,900

While it’s true that clinical psychologists in Missouri may earn lower wages than many of their counterparts across the country, these jobs tend to be among the more lucrative in the state when considering all jobs and even specific occupations that are common here in Missouri.

Median annual Missouri wage, select occupations

All Occupations$36,040
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians$47,360
Civil Engineering Technicians$49,250
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists$65,890
Computer Programmers$76,140
Database Administrators$84,610
Editors$47,460
Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals$28,080
Gaming Managers$72,430
Health Educators$42,240
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$52,570
Lawyers$99,990
Machinists$43,470
Millwrights$52,510
Nursing Assistants$24,350
Order Clerks$32,460
Pest Control Workers$32,090
Radio Operators$68,200
Security Guards$32,060
Sheet Metal Workers$66,540
Statisticians$65,380
Technical Writers$56,250
Tire Builders$32,410
Travel Agents$31,130
Waiters and Waitresses$19,080

While Missouri wages for clinical psychologists may not be among the nation’s most generous, growth of these jobs is projected to be quite high over the next decade, which could mean wages will creep up as more of these professionals will be needed to fill the demand.

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

Colorado33.5%
Utah30.8%
Arizona24.9%
Nevada21.7%
Washington21.5%
Texas20.0%
Florida19.9%
Virginia18.2%
Arkansas17.7%
Georgia17.4%
North Dakota17.2%
Missouri16.2%

Note: long-term 2016-2026

Which Missouri Cities Are Best for Clinical Psychologists?

Major Missouri cities generally offer higher wages for many workers, including clinical psychologists, who earn the highest wages in Jefferson City, the state capital, as well as Kansas City. Both of those cities, in addition to Springfield and Columbia, offer higher median wages than the state as a whole.

Missouri cities by median annual clinical psychologist wage

Jefferson City$72,630
Kansas City$72,290
Springfield$71,700
Columbia$69,190
St. Louis$63,860
Joplin$56,270
Cape Girardeau$50,190

Nationally, jobs for clinical psychologists tend to be lower in Missouri than in other states. In fact, Missouri ranks in the bottom 10 for the number of clinical psychologists employed with just 0.476 per 1,000 jobs, but some Missouri cities outperform the state when it comes to the prevalence of these jobs.

Missouri cities by clinical psychologist employment per 1,000 jobs

Jefferson City0.91
Joplin0.717
Kansas City0.626
St. Louis0.515
Columbia0.48
Springfield0.457

Who’s Hiring for Clinical Psychologists in Missouri?

While many people who become licensed clinical psychologists will go into practice for themselves and work directly with the clients they choose to take on, many others will seek more traditional employment situations, and a wide range of options is available both in the public and private sector as well as jobs that serve a range of populations.

New openings are posted all the time, but here’s a look at some Missouri businesses and organizations that were seeking to hire clinical psychologists in the fall of 2019:

  • Family Care Health Centers
  • Eustasis
  • Ability KC
  • FamilyForward
  • Compass Health Network
  • Corizon Health
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • Louis Learning Disabilities Association
  • S. Army
  • State of Missouri Department of Mental Health
  • MidAmericare
  • Spectrum Health Resources
  • Louis University
  • Jordan Valley Community Health Center
  • S. Air Force
  • Arc of the Ozarks
  • Cox Health
  • Saint Luke’s Health System

Conclusion

While it’s true that Missouri clinical psychologists tend to earn lower wages than their peers in other states, for those who feel called to this type of work, the financial compensation is not usually their primary concern. Still, either way, Missouri clinical psychologists earn salaries that are relatively high compared with other workers in the state, so their quality of life is likely to be high.

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