According to the American Psychological Association, even though forensic psychology has taken great strides in the past two decades, it is still considered an emerging field. Forensic psychologists that earn strong reputations through time-tested experience are often awarded the highest salaries.
In fact, experience is such a significant factor in earning potential that forensic psychologists in Alabama with several years of experience received roughly four times that of recent graduates just starting out in the field (United States Department of Labor, 2014):
- Entry Level: $28,600
- Mid-Career: $92,400
- Experienced: $109,200
Salaries for Alabama’s Forensic Psychologists
In 2014, the United States Department of Labor announced that the nonmetropolitan region of Southeast Alabama was home to the highest concentration of forensic psychologists in the country. Here, forensic psychologists earned an average annual salary of $85,750 and an average hourly wage of $41.23.
The Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan division was also named the third highest paying nonmetropolitan area for forensic psychologists. Employers located in this region offered an average annual salary of $85,750 (average hourly wage of $41.23).
In addition, Alabama as a whole was ranked the fifth highest paying state in the nation for forensic psychologists. In Alabama, these specialized psychologists enjoyed an average annual salary of $85,400 (average hourly wage of $41.08).
Forensic Psychologist Salaries by Region in Alabama
Forensic psychologist salaries tend to vary depending upon a given community’s level of demand for their services. For example, in 2014, the United States Department of Labor found that forensic psychologists employed in the Montgomery and Birmingham-Hoover metropolitan areas earned an average annual salary of more than $80,000. However, those working in the city of Mobile received an average annual salary that was just under $50,000:
*The hourly wage is equal to or greater than $90 while the annual salary is equal to or greater than $187,199. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics does not report salary data greater than these values.