The United States Department of Labor expects the number of forensic psychologists working in Texas to increase by 17% between 2012 and 2022, which is 6% faster than the national growth rate expected for this occupation. As employment levels continue to rise, forensic psychologists can expect greater access to high-salaried jobs throughout the state.
In 2014, Texas held the third highest number of forensic psychologists in the country. In addition, the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown district was among the top ten metropolitan areas in the nation in terms of having the highest number of forensic psychologists in the country. Forensic psychologists working for the criminal courts and in correctional centers in Texas received an average annual salary of $61,580 that year. Those offering expert witness testimony and psychological assessments on a contract basis as partners or principals of independent firms were known to earn well into the six-figures.
When the US Department of Labor compared forensic psychologist salaries across Texas in 2014, the highest earnings were found among the most experienced professionals in the field.
Those with moderate levels of experience earned an average annual salary of $57,500 and an average hourly wage of $27.64. Meanwhile, the most experienced forensic psychologists in Texas took home over $30,000 more annually, receiving an average annual salary of $88,500 and an average hourly wage of $42.55.
Forensic Psychologist Salaries Across Locations in Texas
In 2014, the United States Department of Labor reported the top five highest-paying locations for forensic psychologists in Texas to be:
- Tyler, TX: $73,770
- Forth Worth-Arlington, TX $71,540
- San Antonio, New Braunfels. TX: $69,460
- Longview, TX: $65,240
- Corpus Christi, TX: $65,130
The data table featured below provides a greater analysis of forensic psychologist salaries across several metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas of Texas in 2014: