Forensic psychologists in New Hampshire are part of an elite profession and earn high salaries for their psychological and legal expertise. Since these professionals are increasingly in demand, New Hampshire Employment Security expects that their numbers will increase by 9.6% between 2012 and 2022. This should result in an additional 19 forensic psychology positions becoming available during this ten-year period.
As many as 45% of New Hampshire’s inmates suffered from mental illness in 2013 according to Jeff Lyons, the state’s Department of Corrections (NHDOC) spokesperson. The Medical & Forensic Services Division of the NHDOC evaluates all each new inmate for potential mental illness and serves as a major employer of forensic psychologists in the state.
In addition to a full range of outpatient services, the Healthy Pathways program provides services for inmates with severe mental illness. Forensic psychologists also serve men in the Special Housing Unit at the prison in Concord in addition to the North Country Facility and the New Hampshire State Prison for Women.
New Hampshire is also home to one of New England’s most prominent forensic psychologists. Dr. Eric Mart is licensed to practice in New Hampshire and is a member of the state’s Multidisciplinary team for the Assessment of Sexually Violent Predators. Dr. Mart is an international expert in the area of Munchausen’s syndrome by proxy and has written extensively on the subject.
Salaries for New Hampshire’s Forensic Psychologists
According to New Hampshire Employment Security, the median salary for forensic psychologists in the state was $67,101 in 2014. Experienced professionals earned an average salary of $82,836, while those entering the field averaged $46,613.
While the average salaries for experienced forensic psychologists were similar in New Hampshire’s major cities, those for entry-level professionals varied significantly:
Three hundred and forty forensic psychologists practiced in New Hampshire in 2014. New Hampshire’s largest cities only had a small percentage of the state’s forensic psychologists:
Forensic Psychologist Salaries in New Hampshire’s Metropolitan and Rural Areas
Shown below are salary statistics for forensic psychologists throughout New Hampshire (US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014):