According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, twenty percent of all Kansas inmates suffer from mental illness. The Kansas Department of Corrections has recently implemented a new plan that calls for a higher amount of cooperation between corrections and mental health organizations. The main goal of this new initiative is to help inmates find the treatment they need upon release from a correctional facility.
One of the ways they can accomplish this is by hiring forensic psychologists – experts in both clinical psychology and criminal justice. This new strategy has created more opportunities for forensic psychologists, helping make forensic psychology an exciting and lucrative field in Iowa.
Job Growth and Salary Expectations for Forensic Psychologists in Kansas
According to information provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the forensic psychology field in Iowa is steadily growing at a rate of one percent per year. This is equivalent to 60 new jobs that are opening up annually for forensic psychologists in Kansas, which will amount to approximately 1,820 total forensic psychologists in Kansas between 2012 and 2022.
Salaries vary greatly depending on the level of experience a forensic psychology has. For example, an entry-level forensic psychologist in Kansas averages an annual salary of $39,400. A forensic psychologist who has a moderate amount of experience (1-5 years) can expect a salary of around $57,100 per year. A highly experienced forensic psychologist who has spent over five years in the field earns an average of $94,900.
Salaries for Forensic Psychologists in Kansas Major Metro and Non-Metro Areas
Forensic psychologists in Lawrence earn the highest average salary in the state at, $90,050, which is well over the national average of $68,900.
For more information on forensic psychology salaries in Kansas, see the chart below provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014):