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Texas Clinical Psychologist Salary Outlook

Nearly 20% of American adults regularly deal with a mental health issue, but far fewer are treated for their issues, according to federal mental health data. This is a potential tragedy, as getting help for psychological, behavioral or emotional difficulties can help people lead happier, healthier lives.

In Texas, around 11% of adults seek treatment for any mental health or substance use issues in a typical year, which is the second-lowest rate in the country. That’s a big reason why Texas is in such need of skilled clinical psychologists who can help Texans deal with their mental health problems.

While salaries for such roles do tend to be lower here in Texas than in other places around the U.S., growth of jobs in clinical psychology are expected to surge in the coming years. What can clinical psychologists expect to make in Texas, how does that compare with the rest of the country, and which organizations have been on the lookout for qualified individuals?

How Much Do Clinical Psychologists Make in Texas?

In Texas, the median annual wage for clinical psychologists of $66,070 is less than the overall national median of $77,000 per year. That puts Texas in the bottom 20 among all states.

Median annual clinical psychologist wage, bottom 20

Texas $66,070
Missouri $65,890
Tennessee $64,330
Indiana $63,540
Louisiana $63,540
North Carolina $62,470
Arkansas $62,200
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

The typical salary for a clinical psychologist in Texas isn’t among the highest in the nation for that job, but such roles pay far better than many other popular jobs in our state, and they’re far better paying than the overall median wage for all jobs in Texas.

Median annual Texas wage, select occupations

All Occupations $37,100
Athletic Trainers $57,930
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians $50,880
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists $66,070
Computer Programmers $84,980
Construction Laborers $31,180
Correctional Officers and Jailers $42,620
Dental Hygienists $75,640
Electricians $49,410
Firefighters $51,240
Flight Attendants $66,120
Food Service Managers $58,490
Healthcare Social Workers $57,190
Human Resources Specialists $61,140
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers $27,110
Legal Secretaries $40,890
Meter Readers, Utilities $30,110
Power Plant Operators $76,520
Registered Nurses $72,000
Telemarketers $25,920

Texas may not boast the highest salaries for clinical psychologists, but job openings for such roles are projected to experience very rapid growth over the next several years.

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

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%

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

Which Texas Cities Are Best for Clinical Psychologists?

Wages for clinical psychologists vary pretty widely from city to city, and several cities and metro areas in Texas have wages that are higher than the state’s median salary for this job.

Texas cities and metro areas by median annual clinical psychologist wage

Laredo $74,680
El Paso $73,820
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission $72,500
Longview $71,380
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington $71,290
Brownsville-Harlingen $70,240
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land $69,340
San Antonio-New Braunfels $65,410
Texarkana $64,410
Killeen-Temple $64,170
Corpus Christi $62,220
Waco $62,180
Beaumont-Port Arthur $62,000
Austin-Round Rock $61,950
Lubbock $61,230
San Angelo $58,550
Tyler $54,180
College Station-Bryan $47,150

The College Station-Bryan, Texas metro area boasts the fourth-highest concentration of clinical psychologists jobs among the 300 largest American cities.

U.S. cities/metro areas by clinical psychologist employment per 1,000 jobs, top 20

Hanford-Corcoran, CA 3.63
Madera, CA 2.97
Mankato-North Mankato, MN 2.62
College Station-Bryan, TX 2.46
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 2.09
Fairbanks, AK 2.03
Barnstable Town, MA 1.98
New Bedford, MA 1.95
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 1.87
Missoula, MT 1.82
Bakersfield, CA 1.80
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 1.79
La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN 1.78
Boulder, CO 1.66
Kingston, NY 1.66
Billings, MT 1.61
Prescott, AZ 1.60
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 1.57
Eau Claire, WI 1.57
Madison, WI 1.57

Who’s Hiring for Clinical Psychologists in Texas?

Whether you want to work for a medical group, a school, the military or some other type of organization, hundreds of clinical psychologist job openings are available in Texas. New jobs are posted all the time, but here’s a look at some of the organizations in Texas that sought to hire clinical psychologists in the summer of 2019:

  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • Therapy Dallas
  • Hendrick Health System
  • Relode
  • Peak Performance Institute
  • Sterling Medical Corp.
  • Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
  • S. Department of Defense
  • University of Texas-Austin
  • University of North Texas
  • National Security Agency
  • Flowers Health Institute
  • Forever Fit
  • Saratoga Medical
  • Cogdell Memorial Hospital
  • Jewish Family Service of Dallas
  • The IMA Group
  • Texas Juvenile Justice Department

Conclusion

Texas has one of the lowest rates of adults seeking treatment for mental health, substance abuse and other emotional or behavioral issues. While that may not make the state seem like a great option for clinical psychologists, the truth is that the low utilization of mental health treatment means there’s nowhere to go but up.

SEE ALSO: Texas 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.