Oregon Clinical Psychologist Salary Outlook

The state of Oregon ranks No. 4 among all states when it comes to the percentage of adults with a mental illness, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. More than 22% of adults in Oregon have a diagnosable mental illness, compared to just 19% for all U.S. adults.

But there’s good news — people in Oregon are more likely to seek professional help for their behavioral and mental health disorders than in the rest of the country. About 17% of Oregon adults received mental health services in the most recent year for which data is available, compared to just under 15% for the nation as a whole.

So what does this mean for psychology students in Oregon and what the career outlook is in the state for those with advanced psychology degrees, such as clinical psychologists?

What’s On This Page

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

How Much Do Clinical Psychologists Make in Oregon?

Oregon’s average annual wage for clinical psychologists is the highest in the country at more than $112,000 per year. Not only is this the No. 1 highest wage for this occupation, it’s considerably higher than the national average of about $81,000 — 38% higher, to be exact.

Average annual clinical psychologist wage, top 10

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

To be expected, wages in Oregon for clinical psychologists are quite a bit higher than the overall wage for all workers in the state. In fact, clinical psychologists in Oregon can expect to make more than double what the average worker in the state earns.

Average annual Oregon wage, select occupations

All Occupations$53,890
Advertising Sales Agents$49,670
Barbers$43,100
Carpenters$54,010
Clinical, Counseling and School Psychologists$112,010
Credit Counselors$49,800
Dental Assistants$46,940
Electrical Engineers$90,510
Fence Erectors$35,230
Gas Plant Operators$78,770
Health Education Specialists$56,950
Information Security Analysts$98,550
Legal Secretaries and Administrative Assistants$51,570
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$28,770
Nursing Assistants$34,780
Pest Control Workers$41,910
Speech-Language Pathologists$86,800
Surveyors$69,010
Tax Preparers$50,750
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians$36,620

Not only are clinical psychologist wages in Oregon the highest in the country, but these jobs are expected to become much more plentiful in the state over the next few years. In fact, Oregon has one of the highest long-term growth rate projections for clinical psychologist job openings.

States by projected long-term growth rate for clinical psychologist job openings, top 10

Utah34.0%
Georgia32.4%
Colorado26.7%
New York25.6%
Maryland23.4%
Nevada22.2%
Oregon21.9%
South Dakota20.0%
Arkansas19.3%
Florida19.0%

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

Which Oregon Cities Are Best for Clinical Psychologists?

The state’s overall average wage for clinical psychologists is generous, but some areas of the state lag quite a bit. Still, even the lowest wage geographically — in Eugene — is only slightly below the national average for clinical psychologists.

Oregon cities by average annual clinical psychologist wage

Corvallis$102,290
Salem$84,880
Bend-Redmond$78,450
Eugene$75,750

Most of the cities that offer the highest wages for clinical psychologists are in California, but taking those cities out of the list, Corvallis ranks No. 8 for its average annual salary.

Non-California cities by average clinical psychologist wage, top 10

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

Who’s Hiring for Clinical Psychologists in Oregon?

Clinical psychologist jobs certainly can consist of helping patients and clients directly by opening up their own private practice. But that’s far from the only form that a rewarding clinical psychologist career can take, and there are virtually limitless options for types of jobs, employers and industries.

SEE ALSO: Steps to Becoming a Clinical Psychologist

Here’s a look at some of the Oregon organizations that were seeking to hire clinical psychologists in the summer of 2020:

  • InSight + Regroup
  • Eugene Therapy
  • Professional Therapeutic Community Network
  • US Department of Justice
  • Oregon Youth Academy
  • Northwest ADHD Treatment Center
  • Legacy Health
  • LifeWorks NW
  • Cascade Health
  • Still Serving Counseling Services
  • Samaritan Health Services
  • Catholic Community Services
  • PediaStaff
  • Oregon Department of Education
  • Portland Mental Health & Wellness
  • Lane County
  • State of Oregon
  • Mid-Columbia Medical Center
  • The Children’s Program
  • Rosewood Family Health Center

Conclusion

As a people, Americans are becoming increasingly comfortable with the need for mental healthcare services, and as this acceptance continues to grow, so will the demand for trained, licensed professionals to provide these services. For clinical psychologists in Oregon, or those considering making the move, the present and future both appear quite positive.

SEE ALSO: Best Oregon Psychology Doctorate Programs

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