As Colorado’s justice system continues to create a demand for forensic psychologists, professionals working in this specialized subfield can expect to see strong salary offers, even for entry-level positions. In 2014, the United States Department of Labor projected that the number of forensic psychologists employed in Colorado is expected to rise by 16% between 2012 and 2022.
This employment projection is especially impressive considering that the anticipated national employment growth rate in this field is just 11%.
In 2014, the US Department of Labor found that Pueblo was among the top ten metropolitan areas in the nation with the highest concentration of forensic psychologist jobs. In that same year, forensic psychologists in Pueblo also earned the highest annual salaries in their field statewide.
Experience Leads to Higher Salaries for Colorado’s Forensic Psychologists
Whether self-employed or working for police departments, mental health facilities and government agencies, high-end salaries are typically achieved through considerable experience.
As a result, many future forensic psychology students accumulate applied experience through internships and mentorships while they complete their doctoral studies. Upon graduation, many also engage in postdoctoral fellowships before entering into the field as professionals.
In Colorado, entry-level forensic psychologists typically earn just a third of what their more experienced colleagues earn. The highest paid workers in this subfield have spent several years gaining experience case-by-case, earning them a reputation for being able to competently traverse the legal system.
In 2014, the United States Department of Labor reported that forensic psychologist in Colorado earned the following average salaries depending on their experience level:
- Entry-Level: $33,500
- Mid-Career: $70,400
- Experienced: $113,800
Forensic Psychologist Salaries in Colorado According to Location
Forensic psychologist salaries have a tendency to differ according to geographic location of employment. In fact, forensic psychologists in some areas of Colorado earn more than $15,000 more on average than in others. For instance, in 2014 forensic psychologists employed in the city of Greeley received an average annual salary of $69,610, while those working in the Pueblo area earned an average of $85,580: