Forensic Psychologist Salaries in Ohio

As professionals who combine a high degree of psychological and legal expertise, forensic psychologists are in demand as both consultants on family and workplace issues and as expert witnesses for defense and prosecution teams. These professionals are highly compensated for their advanced knowledge of psycholegal issues.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services expects the number of jobs for these professionals to increase by 5.5% in Ohio between 2012 and 2022. This level of growth should generate an average of 143 jobs a year in the state. Expectations for job growth between 2010 and 2020 are even higher in a number of cities in Ohio:

  • Canton: 0%
  • Columbus: 1%
  • Dayton:8%
  • Cleveland: 2%
  • Youngstown: 0%
  • Toledo: 7%

According to a 2015 article in The Columbus Dispatch, 10 times as many mentally ill individuals are serving time in prisons as there are patients in the six psychiatric hospitals in Ohio. More than 20% of Ohio’s inmates have a diagnosed mental illness, while more than 8% have a persistent and serious condition such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.

Forensic psychologists frequently work to help stabilize such patients. Serious mentally ill inmates are housed at the Allen Oakwood Correctional Facility, and the authorities are in the process of adding more beds at this facility to better care for such individuals. The state is also opening residential treatment units at five prisons.

Salaries for Forensic Psychologists Throughout Ohio

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported the salaries of forensic psychologists in the state as of 2014. The median salary for these professionals was $71,869—4.3% higher than the national median for forensic psychologists. Experienced professionals in the 75th percentile of this occupational category earned $88,213 a year in Ohio, while those starting out in the 25th percentile earned an average of $47,029.

This agency also provides the salaries of forensic psychologists in Ohio’s major metropolitan areas for 2014:

Ohio Area
75th Percentile
25th Percentile
Akron
$83346
$39208
Canton
$96928
$55744
Cincinnati
$87152
$47653
Cleveland
$90854
$50398
Columbus
$92768
$43805
Dayton
$86590
$60653
Lima
$97469
$57970
Mansfield
$77418
$62462
Springfield
$87194
$56555
Toledo
$95805
$45760
Youngstown
$75275
$40040

Forensic Psychologist Salaries in Ohio’s Metropolitan and Rural Areas

Shown below for comparative purposes is salary data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics for forensic psychologists throughout Ohio (2014):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Akron OH
250
69010
Canton-Massillon OH
100
81820
Cincinnati-Middletown OH-KY-IN
730
71040
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor OH
680
76390
Columbus OH
640
71990
Dayton OH
210
71830
Springfield OH
Estimate not released
79430
Toledo OH
120
87120
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman OH-PA
200
61870
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area
60
66200
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area
80
64800
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area
70
70690
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area
80
69600