Forensic Psychologist Salaries in New York

The New York State Department of Labor (DOL) reported that the number of forensic psychologists in the state is expected to increase by 6.2% between 2012 and 2022. Job growth is expected to be even higher in these regions:

  • Hudson Valley 4%
  • Capital Region 5%
  • New York City 4%

Many of New York’s forensic pathologists work with the state’s Department of Corrections. As of 2015, more than 9,000 of New York’s prison inmates received services from the Office of Mental Health according to spokesman Ben Rosen.

The state is revamping its provision of mental health care to inmates being released after Daniel St. Hubert stabbed two children in Brooklyn nine days after being released from state prison without mental health counseling or medication for his mental illness.

The Office of Mental Health now provides psychiatric help to discharged inmates who have been deemed seriously mentally ill:

  • Psychiatric medication (two-week supply and prescription for refill)
  • A case manager
  • A grant to cover the cost of medication while their application for Medicaid is pending

With the help of forensic psychologists, this program is expected to both improve the mental health of these individuals and help to reduce the likelihood that they will commit crimes after their release.

Salaries for New York’s Forensic Psychologists

The New York State Department of Civil Service offered a starting salary of $57,703 to forensic psychologists in 2015. After their initial service, those in the position of associate psychologist – forensic mental health earned $85,635 a year. Forensic psychologists who served in the downstate or mid-Hudson areas also received supplemental pay:

New York Region
Additional yearly pay
Downstate
$3026
Mid-Hudson
$1513

The New York State Department of Labor reported that the median salary for forensic psychologists in the state was $82,870 in 2015. Experienced professionals earned an average of $102,330, while those starting out averaged $54,280. Forensic psychology salaries varied greatly throughout the state in 2015:

New York Area
Experienced Annual Salary
Entry-level Annual Salary
Capitol Region
$102540
$45760
Central New York Region
$84600
$51890
Finger Lakes Region
$78450
$48240
Hudson Valley Region
$107160
$61390
Long Island Region
$113340
$67410
Mohawk Valley Region
$92670
$57620
New York City Region
$106880
$55580
North Country Region
$83200
$47120
Southern Tier Region
$77020
$44900
Western New York Region
$83550
$47540

Forensic Psychologist Salaries in New York’s Metropolitan and Rural Areas

Shown below for comparative purposes are salary statistics for forensic psychologists throughout New York as reported by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2014:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Albany-Schenectady-Troy NY
560
84560
Binghamton NY
110
71380
Buffalo-Niagara Falls NY
480
71020
Elmira NY
40
75430
Glens Falls NY
70
69220
Ithaca NY
120
58080
Kingston NY
60
96900
Nassau-Suffolk NY Metropolitan Division
1450
96680
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island NY-NJ-PA
9420
89490
New York-White Plains-Wayne NY-NJ Metropolitan Division
6100
89490
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown NY
390
83910
Rochester NY
600
67690
Syracuse NY
550
73410
Utica-Rome NY
170
79510
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area
250
71250
East Central New York nonmetropolitan area
50
73670
Central New York nonmetropolitan area
170
71000
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area
160
67510

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