Salary Report for Kentucky Clinical and Counseling Psychologists

  • The number of Clinical and Counseling Psychologists currently employed in Kentucky is 470.
  • Clinical and Counseling Psychologists in Kentucky earn an average of $96,290 per year or $46.29 per hour.
  • The percentage of U.S. Clinical and Counseling Psychologists who work in Kentucky is 1%.

Kentucky Rankings

  • Kentucky ranks #20 in the U.S. for Clinical and Counseling Psychologists salary and #47 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Kentucky ranks #26 in the U.S. for the total number of Clinical and Counseling Psychologists employed.

Compare Kentucky to U.S.

Kentucky Clinical and Counseling Psychologists earn an average of $96,290 which is 3% less than the national average salary of $99,640.

TypeKentuckyU.S.% Difference
Average Hourly Wage$46.29$47.90-3.36%
Average Annual Salary$96,290$99,640-3.36%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Salary Range by Education and Experience

In Kentucky, 50% of Clinical and Counseling Psychologists earn between $52,680 and $101,940 a year, depending on factors such as level of education, experience, location and place of employment.

About 10% of Clinical and Counseling Psychologists earn more than $161,610, a rate generally associated with highly educated and experienced Clinical and Counseling Psychologists.

Approximately 10% of Clinical and Counseling Psychologists earn under $35,820, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Clinical and Counseling Psychologists.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year47Under $35,820
15%2 – 4 years70$35,820 – $52,680
25%5 – 9 years118$52,680 – $77,190
25%10 – 14 years118$77,190 – $101,940
15%15 – 20 years70$77,190 – $161,610
10%20+ years47Above $161,610
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Adjusted for Cost-of-Living

After being adjusted for cost-of-living, Clinical and Counseling Psychologists in Kentucky psychologists earn about $107,251 per year which is less than the average U.S. psychologist of $99,640.

Cost-of-living in Kentucky is 10% less than the national average, which means Kentucky residents have an overall less cost for food, housing, utilities and transportation compared to other states.

  • National average salary for Clinical and Counseling Psychologists is $99,640.
  • Average Kentucky Clinical and Counseling Psychologists salary is $96,290.
  • Adjusted for cost-of-living, Kentucky Clinical and Counseling Psychologists earn an average salary of $107,251.

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Salary Compared to Related Professions

With an average annual salary of $96,290, Kentucky Clinical and Counseling Psychologists tend to earn less than Forensic Psychologists ($97,370).

However, Clinical and Counseling Psychologists tend to earn more than Social Workers ($43,440), Substance Abuse Counselors ($45,310), Health Care Social Workers ($55,540), Marriage and Family Therapists ($57,210), Psychology Teachers ($63,940), and School Psychologists ($67,930).

TitleAnnual Salary
Forensic Psychologists$97,370
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$96,290
School Psychologists$67,930
Psychology Teachers$63,940
Marriage and Family Therapists$57,210
Health Care Social Workers$55,540
Substance Abuse Counselors$45,310
Social Workers$43,440
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Salaries Ranked by Kentucky Cities

The average salary for Clinical and Counseling Psychologists in Kentucky is $96,290. The top cities that pay Clinical and Counseling Psychologists the most are Bowling Green ($90,170), Lexington-Fayette ($86,440) and Louisville/Jefferson County ($105,360).

When adjusted for cost-of-living, the cities that pay Clinical and Counseling Psychologists the highest average annual salary are Lexington-Fayette ($92,797), Louisville/Jefferson County ($114,634) and Bowling Green ($101,031).

The following table shows the average yearly salary range for Clinical and Counseling Psychologists in each city, and the average yearly salary after being adjusted for cost-of-living in that state.

The difference column shows how much more or less purchasing power a Clinical and Counseling Psychologists salary will have in that area.

AreaAverage SalaryCOL AdjustedDifference
Louisville/Jefferson County$105,360$114,634$9,274
Bowling Green$90,170$101,031$10,861
Lexington-Fayette$86,440$92,797$6,357
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Salary FAQ for Kentucky Clinical and Counseling Psychologists

Kentucky Clinical and Counseling Psychologists earn between $35,820 and $161,610 a year depending on their level of education, experience and skill.

There are currently 470 Clinical and Counseling Psychologists employed in Kentucky which is about 1% of the U.S. total.

Forensic Psychologists are the highest paid psychologists in Kentucky with an average annual wage of $97,370.

An entry level psychologist makes as much as $35,820 a year in Kentucky

The most Clinical and Counseling Psychologists work in the Louisville/Jefferson County area where 190 Clinical and Counseling Psychologists are employed.

After being adjusted for cost-of-living, Clinical and Counseling Psychologists in Kentucky earn 107,251 per year, while the average across the United States earns $99,640.

By 0, Kentucky will need 0 Clinical and Counseling Psychologists. A less than 5 Clinical and Counseling Psychologists will need to enter into the Kentucky work forces each year.

City and Rural Summaries

Bowling Green

Average Clinical and Counseling Psychologists Salary: $90,170
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $101,031
Hourly Wage: $43.35
Currently Employed: 30
Cost-of-Living Index: 89.25
Bowling Green Salary Report

Lexington-Fayette

Average Clinical and Counseling Psychologists Salary: $86,440
Adjusted for Cost of Living: $92,797
Hourly Wage: $42
Currently Employed: 100
Cost-of-Living Index: 93.15
Lexington-Fayette Salary Report

Louisville/Jefferson County

Average Clinical and Counseling Psychologists Salary: $105,360
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $114,634
Hourly Wage: $50.65
Currently Employed: 190
Cost-of-Living Index: 91.91
Louisville/Jefferson County Salary Report

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