The Salary for Infant Mental Health Clinical Psychologists

by Rick Suttle

Infants and toddlers may express symptoms of anxiety and grief, just as adults do, and suffer from developmental disorders. Infant mental health clinical psychologists help diagnose these early childhood emotions, assessing and recommending various treatments as needed. If you want to establish a career in this field, you need to earn a Ph.D. in psychology. Your salary will vary depending on the district or state in which you live.

Salary at $90,000

The average annual salary for an infant mental health clinical psychologist was $90,000 as of 2014, according to the job site Simply Hired. Most clinical psychologists have either a Ph.D. degree in Psychology or Doctorate of Psychology -- Psy.D. -- degree. Candidates must complete a one-year internship and obtain one or two years of professional experience to qualify for the required psychology state licensing exam, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards is the governing organization responsible for issuing psychology licenses. Other essential qualifications for this job are patience and observational, analytical, communication, problem-solving and people skills.

Top Pay in D.C.

In 2014, average salaries for infant mental health clinical psychologists varied the most in the South region, according to Simply Hired, where they earned the lowest salaries of $70,000 in Mississippi and the highest salaries of $141,000 in Washington, D.C. If you worked as an infant mental health clinical psychologist in the Northeast, you could expect to earn $81,000 to $109,000 in Maine or Massachusetts, respectively. In the Midwest, average salaries ranged from $70,000 in South Dakota to $95,000 in Minnesota. Clinical psychologists earned $72,000 to $101,000 in the West, with the lowest salaries in Montana and the highest in Alaska and California.

Earn More Than Most Psychologists

While infant mental health clinical psychologists earned $90,000 in 2014, the BLS reports average annual salaries of $72,220 for all clinical, counseling and school psychologists as of May 2012. These psychologists made $74,960 in psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals, while those in elementary and secondary schools averaged $71,730. Those who worked in individual and family services facilities earned around $64,730 annually.

Excellent Job Growth

The BLS estimates a 22 percent increase in employment for clinical, counseling and school psychologists, including infant mental health clinical psychologists, from 2010 to 2020 -- a faster-than-average growth-rate. More people are recognizing the benefits of psychology in managing their problems, including those of infants, which is expected to increase jobs for all psychologists.

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