Forensic Psychologist Salaries in Minnesota

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington area had the sixth highest number of forensic psychologists of any metropolitan area in the country in 2014. In addition, the Mankato-North Mankato area had the third highest concentration of these types of jobs in the country.

The numbers of highly paid forensic psychologist positions in Minnesota is expected to grow by 6.3% between 2012 and 2022 according to the state’s Department of Employment and Economic Development. This agency projects job growth to be even higher in certain regions of Minnesota:

  • Southeast Minnesota: 1%
  • Northwest Minnesota: 2%
  • Seven County Minneapolis-St. Paul: 7%
  • Central Minnesota: 7%

In addition to their work serving as expert witnesses in custody cases, consulting with law enforcement, and advising employers on the risks of hiring individuals with personality disorders, many forensic psychologists in Minnesota work with mentally ill inmates.

The Security Hospital at St. Peter is home to seriously mentally ill patients including sex offenders, but the facility only has 400 beds. With a limited number of beds for the mentally ill in Minnesota, many of these individuals end up in jail.

In 2014, Sheriff Rich Stanek told MinnPost.com that between 25% and 30% of the inmates in the Hennepin County jail suffer from diagnosed and undiagnosed mental illness, and the situation is comparable in jails throughout Minnesota.

A 2015 Legislative Report from the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) described efforts to address this problem. The State Legislature directed the DHS to convene a working group in partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Minnesota to address issues relating to mentally ill individuals that come in contact with the justice system. This should result in closer contact with forensic psychologists and better treatment options for the mentally ill.

Salaries for Forensic Psychologists Throughout Minnesota

A level 3 psychologist for the Minnesota Human Services Department specializing in forensic evaluations earned between $57,629 and $85,712 in 2015. According to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, the median salary for a forensic psychologist in Minnesota was $70,658 in 2015.

The median salary for these professionals varied greatly throughout the state that year:

  • Minneapolis-St. Paul: $73,445
  • Rochester: $72,842
  • Saint Cloud: $72,322
  • Duluth-Superior: $69,930
  • Southeast balance of state: $69,763
  • Grand Forks: $59,363
  • La Crosse: $59,301
  • Mankato-North Mankato: $56,805
  • Northwest balance of state: $56,264
  • Northeast balance of state: $51,605
  • Fargo-Moorhead: $39,104

Shown below for comparison is data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics on the salaries of forensic psychologists throughout Minnesota as of 2014:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Duluth MN-WI
170
74640
Mankato-North Mankato MN
130
60060
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MN-WI
1870
76340
Rochester MN
120
73480
St. Cloud MN
70
72420
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area
160
63620
Northeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area
60
54580
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area
80
60240
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area
130
68560