Nevada Clinical Psychologist Salary Outlook

About 21% of Nevada’s adults have a mental illness, putting the state in the top quarter of the country when it comes to mental illness. That means that more than 1 in 5 adults in the state has anxiety, substance abuse disorder, OCD or another diagnosable mental health condition, compared to the U.S. rate of 19%.

To compound matters, Nevada adults seek treatment for their mental health disorders at a lower-than-average rate. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, about 14.2% of Nevada adults received mental health services in the most recent year for which data is available. This compares to a U.S. rate of about 15%.

So with more people needing help and fewer people getting it, there’s a huge need in Nevada for trained, licensed professionals who can help others deal with their mental and behavioral health needs. That includes clinical psychologists, so let’s take a look at their salary and career outlook in the state.

What’s On This Page

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

How Much Do Clinical Psychologists Make in Nevada?

The average clinical psychologist in the United States makes about $81,000 per year, while salaries are just a bit higher in Nevada. On average, clinical psychologists in the state make about $83,280. That equates to about 3% more than the U.S. average. This puts Nevada in the top 25 among all states.

Average annual clinical psychologist wage, top 25

Oregon$112,010
California$111,750
District of Columbia$106,900
New York$96,170
Louisiana$96,040
New Jersey$95,680
Colorado$92,840
Connecticut$92,790
North Dakota$92,370
Georgia$90,760
Michigan$90,700
Massachusetts$90,180
New Hampshire$89,000
Virginia$88,880
Utah$88,480
Wisconsin$86,920
Pennsylvania$85,170
Minnesota$84,550
Rhode Island$84,120
Alaska$83,770
Nevada$83,280
Iowa$83,090
Missouri$81,700
Indiana$80,750
Maine$80,700

Not only do clinical psychologists in Nevada made more than many of their counterparts across the U.S., they can expect to earn quite a bit more than the average worker in the state. With an overall average wage for all occupations of about $47,000, the typical employee in Nevada earns about 76% less than the average clinical psychologist in the state.

Average annual Nevada wage, select occupations

All Occupations$47,210
Advertising Sales Agents$76,190
Carpenters$53,180
Clinical, Counseling and School Psychologists$83,280
Credit Analysts$71,900
Dental Hygienists$85,560
Education Administrators, Kindergarten through Secondary$92,430
Firefighters$69,310
Graphic Designers$49,050
Human Resources Specialists$60,180
Interior Designers$57,880
Legislators$83,350
Manicurists and Pedicurists$24,210
Nursing Assistants$34,890
Paralegals and Legal Assistants$58,110
Photographers$29,820
Real Estate Sales Agents$64,280
Roofers$42,810
Tax Preparers$51,320
Tree Trimmers and Pruners$37,540

Wages in the state for clinical psychologists could be due for an upward spike, thanks to a robust long-term growth rate projected for job openings through 2028. Clinical psychologist jobs in Nevada are expected to grow by more than 22%, the sixth-highest rate in the nation. These jobs are also expected to become more common over just the next couple of years as well.

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

StateLong-Term (2018-28)Short-Term (2019-21)
Utah34.0%7.7%
Georgia32.4%6.0%
Colorado26.7%4.7%
New York25.6%3.4%
Maryland23.4%2.7%
Nevada22.2%3.3%
Oregon21.9%4.1%
South Dakota20.0%4.7%
Arkansas19.3%4.7%
Florida19.0%4.7%

Note: Short-term 2019-2021; long-term 2018-2028

Which Nevada Cities Are Best for Clinical Psychologists?

Salary figures vary depending on the area of the state in question, with Reno setting the bar at more than $96,000.

Nevada cities and non-metro areas by average annual clinical psychologist wage

Reno$96,250
Nevada nonmetropolitan area$86,540
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise$76,750

Compared to cities outside of California, which has several cities with remarkably high wages, Reno has one of the highest average salary figures among the 300-some cities and metro areas for which data is available.

Non-California cities and metro areas by average clinical psychologist wage, top 20

Jefferson City, MO$118,920
Trenton, NJ$114,740
Urban Honolulu, HI$113,930
Manchester, NH$108,080
Bismarck, ND$103,070
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL$102,570
Asheville, NC$102,450
Corvallis, OR$102,290
Provo-Orem, UT$101,210
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA$100,320
Iowa City, IA$99,790
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI$99,680
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY$98,960
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA$98,710
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO$97,870
Utica-Rome, NY$96,970
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT$96,780
Binghamton, NY$96,680
Grand Junction, CO$96,300
Reno, NV$96,250

Who’s Hiring for Clinical Psychologists in Nevada?

Jobs for clinical psychologists should become much more prevalent in Nevada over the next several years, but that doesn’t mean the state is a job desert currently. Quite the opposite, in fact, as dozens of employers have sought to hire clinical psychologists in the state over the summer of 2020.

Here’s a look at just a handful of them:

  • Oasis Counseling
  • Washoe Tribe of Nevada & California
  • Nevada Behavioral Health Systems
  • Psychology Specialists
  • Maxim Healthcare Services
  • Tahoe Forest Hospital District
  • University of Nevada-Reno
  • US Department of Veterans Affairs
  • O.P.E. Counseling Services
  • Creative Behavioral Connections
  • Clark County School District
  • The Stepping Stones Group
  • Luxe Treatment Center
  • Therapy Today
  • Eden Treatment
  • City of Henderson
  • Catalyst Professional Services
  • Carson City School District
  • Bridge Counseling
  • Reno-Sparks Indian Colony

Conclusion

Higher-than-average rates of mental illness combined with lower-than-average rates of mental health services utilization means that Nevada is in great need of trained professionals, including clinical psychologists. And with relatively generous salaries and rapid growth in job openings, Nevada looks to be one of the most attractive states for these professionals.

SEE ALSO: Nevada Psychology Doctorate Programs

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