The prevalence of mental illness among inmates is of grave concern both nationally and in Nevada.
The Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH) surveyed the jails of the three most populated counties in the state to determine the extent of mental health issues among their inmates. In a 2013 report, the DPBH found that 10.3% of inmates in the Clark County Detention Center and 23.1% in the Carson City Jail were in need of mental health services.
Governor Sandoval convened the Behavioral Health and Wellness Council to address mental health issues in Nevada. The council brings together providers, behavioral health experts, the judiciary, and members of the law enforcement community to provide recommendations on how to improve the mental health of Nevada’s residents. Prominent forensic psychologist Joel Dvoskin, Ph.D. chairs this council.
The prevalence of mental illness among Nevada’s defendants and inmates is contributing to a significant increase in the number of jobs for forensic psychologists in the state. The state’s Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation expects the number of jobs for forensic psychologists to increase by 7.4% between 2012 and 2022.
Job growth for forensic psychologists is expected to be even higher in the Reno metropolitan area. The state of Nevada predicts that the number of forensic psychology jobs in this location will increase by 10.9% during this ten-year period.
Salaries for Forensic Psychologists in Nevada
According to a 2015 salary report published by Nevada’s Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, the median salary for forensic psychologists in the state was $66,532. Experienced professionals in the 90th percentile of this occupational classification earned an average of $94,067.
The median salary for forensic psychologists varied substantially in Nevada’s major metropolitan areas:
More than half of Nevada’s 480 forensic psychologists were located in the Las Vegas metropolitan area. An additional 110 of these professionals practiced in the Reno area in 2015.
Forensic Psychologist Salaries in Nevada’s Metropolitan and Rural Areas
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a highly detailed profile of salary data for Nevada’s forensic psychologists (2014):