Forensic Psychologist Salaries in Georgia

Eleven of Georgia’s county hospitals have their own Forensic Services departments, including the renowned Georgia Regional Hospital Atlanta (GRHA). Forensic psychologists at GRHA work with mental health facilities and local law enforcement officials to provide forensic evaluations and treatments to mental health patients in the greater Atlanta region. Forensic psychologists employed by GRHA typically earn a starting annual salary of $71,655.

Though becoming a forensic psychologist requires a high level of education, and licensure as a clinical psychologist, it is well worth the effort to join this exciting and lucrative field.

Those who choose the field of forensic psychology are likely to end up working with the criminal justice system in some capacity, earning respectable salaries while contributing to making their communities safer.

Specialized job opportunities for forensic psychologists include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Expert Witness
  • Jury Consultant
  • Law Enforcement
  • Victim Advocate
  • Juvenile Offender Counselor
  • Clinical Forensic Psychologist
  • Criminal Profiler

Job Growth and Salary Expectations for Forensic Psychologists in Georgia

According to Georgia Public Broadcasting News, the healthcare industry represents the fastest-growing job market in the state of Georgia. In 2012, The Georgia Department of Labor published job growth projections showing that the field of forensic psychology will experience continued growth through the ten-year projection period leading up to 2022.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the statewide average salary of forensic psychologists in Georgia is very close to the U.S. national average for this occupational classification:

  • United States Average: $68.900
  • Georgia Average: $66,500

Salaries for Forensic Psychologists in Georgia’s Major Metro and Non-Metro Areas

The highest paid forensic psychologists in Georgia are located in the cities of Savannah, Columbus, and Atlanta.

The table shown here provides a detailed analysis of salary data for forensic psychologists in Georgia’s major cities and rural areas (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Athens-Clarke County GA
100
64370
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta GA
1450
74730
Augusta-Richmond County GA-SC
110
59600
Columbus GA-AL
50
75110
Dalton GA
Estimate Not Released
76440
Macon GA
50
64510
Savannah GA
40
79640
Valdosta GA
Estimate Not Released
72130
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area
50
51110
Middle Georgia nonmetropolitan area
40
57290
East Georgia nonmetropolitan area
Estimate Not Released
73840
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area
110
66710