Interesting Facts About This Profession: Psychologists, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Psychotherapists

According to the American Psychological Association (APA), over 188,000 psychologists, psychotherapists and mental health professionals practice in the United States. The most popular states to practice were California, New York, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. The metropolitan areas with the highest areas of employment were Los Angeles, Long Beach, New York City/Jersey City, Washington DC and Chicago. Psychologists tend to be female. For every active male psychologist, there were 2.1 female psychologists in the workforce in 2013. Over 83.6% of psychologists identified as White, while the remaining other top 3 identified as Asian (4.3%), Black/African American (5.3%) and Hispanic (5.0%).2 Students and new psychologists have a median debt load of $110,000 upon graduation, exclusive of undergraduate debt.1 The median first-year salary of a psychologist with any graduate degree is $60,000. A Training and Education in Professional Psychology study showed that the highest paying subfields for psychologists are clinical neuropsychology ($72,500), industrial/organizational ($65,000) and social psychology ($63,000). Most mental health professionals were self-employed (private practice) and provided individual and family services. In larger cities, such as New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Long Beach and Chicago, mental health professionals operated multiple offices, renting psychotherapy offices or leasing mental health office space in different areas. Rent for psychotherapy offices were highest in New York City and San Francisco, followed by Washington DC and Chicago.


Citations:

  • 1. Median salaries for new psychologists are static. APA
  • 2. 2005-13: Demographics of the U.S. Psychology Workforce. APA
  • 3. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 21-1014 Mental Health Counselors

How Much Do Psychologists Make by Degree?

Degree Obtained

Total60,000
PhD63,000
PsyD60,000
EdD
Masters45,000
Other47,000

Health Service Provider’s Subfields

Child Clinical65,850
Clinical65,000
Clinical Neuropsychology72,500
Community55,000
Counseling56,000
Family
Forensic50,000
GeroPsychology
Health57,000
Rehabilitation
School60,000
Sport
SUBTOTAL:60,000

Psychotherapy Office Space for Rent in New York

Psychotherapy Office Space for Rent in California

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