While some clinical child psychologists work directly with children, others work in research settings, academic environments, industry and for the government. Child psychologists are included in the clinical, counseling, and school psychologists group by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As if May 2012, this group earned an average monthly salary of $6,018. Top earners reported a median monthly income of $9,111, while those in the bottom 10th percentile reported a median monthly income of $3,204.
Type of Industry
Among industries who employed the highest number of clinical child psychologists, those who worked in an integrated practice with other psychologists or other medical professionals, such as doctors or chiropractors, made an average monthly income of $6,730 in May 2012, according to the BLS. Those working for state governments earned an average monthly salary of $6,365. Clinical child psychologists who worked for elementary and secondary schools made an average monthly salary of $5,978. Those working for outpatient care centers and individual and family services were the most poorly compensated at monthly averages of $5,638 and $5,394 respectively.
Among states with the highest employment level of clinical child psychologists, those who worked in New York made an average monthly salary of $7,071 in May 2012, according to the BLS. California compensated its clinical child psychologists at an average monthly salary of $6,627, followed by Pennsylvania at $6,135, Illinois at $5,675 and Texas at $5,258. Among states with the highest concentration of jobs, clinical child psychologists in Rhode Island were compensated most highly at an average monthly salary of $7,715, followed by New York at $7,070.
Clinical child psychologists in metropolitan areas tend to earn more than those in rural areas. Among the metropolitan areas with the highest employment levels of clinical child psychologists, New York-White Plains-Wayne, New York/New Jersey metropolitan division paid the most at an average monthly salary of $7,468 as of May 2012, according to the BLS. Other high paying areas were the Boston/Cambridge area in Massachusetts at an average monthly salary of $7,088, followed by the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania metropolitan division at $6,738 per month.
Between 2010 to 2020, the BLS estimates that jobs for clinical child psychologists will grow by 22 percent, which is higher than average of all other occupations. They cite factors such as greater demand by schools, due to a greater tendency for people to seek psychological help as awareness and validation of mental health issues. Special populations, such as parents of children with autism, have played a large role in increasing this awareness. Population growth continues to be on the rise and, as such, more children will be entering schools than ever before, necessitating the need for more clinical child psychologists.
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