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New York Clinical Psychologist Salary Outlook

According to the most recent available federal data, nearly 1 in 5 American adults has a mental illness, but only about 15% of them have received treatment or other mental health services for their illness in the past year.

Lack of treatment of mental illness is a serious problem in the United States and in New York, where only about 14% of adults avail themselves of mental health services. Making progress against the scourge of mental illness are licensed clinical psychologists, whether they’re working in healthcare settings, the military or even within corporations.

What is the state of the job market here in New York for clinical psychologists? How much can they expect to earn here in our state, where in New York are salaries the highest, and what are some examples of companies or organizations that have posted job openings for clinical psychologists?

How Much Do Clinical Psychologists Make in New York?

Clinical psychologists earn a median annual salary in the U.S. of just under $77,000, but in New York, that figure is considerably higher — and New York’s wage is the fourth-highest for clinical psychologists in the country.

Median annual clinical psychologist wage

Highest
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
Lowest
Arizona $61,500
South Carolina $61,030
Vermont $60,590
Montana $60,540
Alabama $60,370
Kentucky $59,300
Kansas $58,900
Mississippi $57,780
West Virginia $50,890
Oklahoma $49,830

Not only does New York boast one of the nation’s highest salaries for clinical psychologists, the job is far better paying than the overall state median for all jobs, and it’s among the highest-paying of many common occupations.

Median annual New York wage, select occupations

All Occupations $44,990
Agents and Business Managers $77,740
Athletic Trainers $47,320
Bailiffs $69,890
Bakers $27,700
Chiropractors $78,960
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists $88,710
Computer Systems Analysts $96,810
Dental Hygienists $77,210
Editors $70,200
Electricians $70,990
Firefighters $81,240
Gas Plant Operators $81,830
Home Health Aides $24,920
Interior Designers $62,760
Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers $23,570
Legal Secretaries $54,170
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners $28,990
Web Developers $71,730
Word Processors and Typists $42,700

New York already has an attractive typical salary for clinical psychologists, and the state is expected to add thousands of job openings over the next several years.

States by projected long-term growth rate for clinical psychologist job openings, top 15

Colorado 33.5%
Utah 30.8%
Arizona 24.9%
Nevada 21.7%
Washington 21.5%
Texas 20.0%
Florida 19.9%
Virginia 18.2%
Arkansas 17.7%
Georgia 17.4%
North Dakota 17.2%
Missouri 16.2%
Oklahoma 15.9%
New York 15.6%
Oregon 15.5%

Note: Long-term growth rate refers to projected increase in job openings between 2016 and 2026.

Which New York Cities Are Best for Clinical Psychologists?

As you might expect, the New York City area has the highest median wage among cities across the state, though several other areas also have relatively high salaries.

New York cities and metro areas by median annual clinical psychologist wage

New York-Newark-Jersey City $92,380
Kingston $87,900
Utica-Rome $86,090
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls $84,720
Watertown-Fort Drum $83,500
Binghamton $81,800
Albany-Schenectady-Troy $80,960
Glens Falls $80,590
Syracuse $77,400
Rochester $74,240
Ithaca $49,730

Among the 300+ largest cities and metro areas in the U.S., each of the 10 with the highest median wages are in California, and most of the top 20 are in that state as well. But the New York City metro area has the seventh-highest highest non-California median annual wage figures for clinical psychologists.

U.S. cities/metro areas by clinical psychologist employment per 1,000 jobs, 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
Modesto, CA $89,080
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI $88,920
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO $88,590
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA $88,140
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

Who’s Hiring for Clinical Psychologists in New York?

Clinical psychology jobs are most prevalent in medical or healthcare settings, certainly, but there are tons of other options for people who would prefer to focus on different populations. Jobs are plentiful in New York in the public and private sectors and in a huge range of specializations.

Here are a few examples of companies and organizations that had recently posted openings for clinical psychologists across New York state:

  • New York Psychotherapy and Counseling Center
  • Child Mind Institute
  • New York Police Department
  • New York University
  • Mount Sinai Health System
  • City of New York
  • State of New York
  • Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
  • S. Navy
  • Columbia University
  • Office for People With Developmental Disabilities
  • City College of New York Counseling Center
  • S. Department of Justice
  • The Kelberman Center
  • Astor Services for Children & Families
  • Villa of Hope
  • Lifestance Health
  • Clear Choice Medical Group

Conclusion

New York remains an attractive place for professionals of almost any field to seek employment. That’s true for clinical psychologists as well, thanks to high wages, plentiful job openings and diversity in employment settings, both in New York City and across the entire state.

SEE ALSO: New York Psychology Doctorate Programs & Requirements

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Ann Steele, Ph.D.

Ann Steele, Ph.D.

Editor-In-Chief

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.