Salary Report for District of Columbia Forensic Psychologists

  • The number of Forensic Psychologists currently employed in District of Columbia is 240.
  • Forensic Psychologists in District of Columbia earn an average of $104,440 per year or $50.21 per hour.
  • The percentage of U.S. Forensic Psychologists who work in District of Columbia is 2%.
  • District of Columbia will need 670 new Forensic Psychologists by 2030 or 50 new psychologists per year.

District of Columbia Rankings

  • District of Columbia ranks #8 in the U.S. for Forensic Psychologists salary and #2 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • District of Columbia ranks #18 in the U.S. for the total number of Forensic Psychologists employed.
  • District of Columbia ranks #19 in U.S. for the number of new Forensic Psychologists needed by 2030.
  • District of Columbia ranks #22 in U.S. for the percentage of new Forensic Psychologists needed by 2030.

Compare District of Columbia to U.S.

District of Columbia Forensic Psychologists earn an average of $104,440 which is 6% more than the national average salary of $98,010.

TypeDistrict of ColumbiaU.S.% Difference
Average Hourly Wage$50.21$47.126.56%
Average Annual Salary$104,440$98,0106.56%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Salary Range by Education and Experience

In District of Columbia, 50% of Forensic Psychologists earn between $87,190 and $124,430 a year, depending on factors such as level of education, experience, location and place of employment.

About 10% of Forensic Psychologists earn more than $135,030, a rate generally associated with highly educated and experienced Forensic Psychologists.

Approximately 10% of Forensic Psychologists earn under $51,670, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Forensic Psychologists.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year24Under $51,670
15%2 – 4 years36$51,670 – $87,190
25%5 – 9 years60$87,190 – $105,300
25%10 – 14 years60$105,300 – $124,430
15%15 – 20 years36$105,300 – $135,030
10%20+ years24Above $135,030
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, Forensic Psychologists in District of Columbia psychologists earn about $93,702 per year which is more than the average U.S. psychologist of $98,010.

Cost-of-living in District of Columbia is 11% higher than the national average, which means District of Columbia residents have an overall higher cost for food, housing, utilities and transportation compared to other states.

  • National average salary for Forensic Psychologists is $98,010.
  • Average District of Columbia Forensic Psychologists salary is $104,440.
  • Adjusted for cost-of-living, District of Columbia Forensic Psychologists earn an average salary of $93,702.

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Salary Compared to Related Professions

With an average annual salary of $104,440, District of Columbia Forensic Psychologists tend to earn less than Psychology Teachers ($105,510).

However, Forensic Psychologists tend to earn more than Substance Abuse Counselors ($64,920), Social Workers ($70,340), Health Care Social Workers ($87,000), School Psychologists ($96,120), and Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($99,890).

TitleAnnual Salary
Psychology Teachers$105,510
Forensic Psychologists$104,440
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$99,890
School Psychologists$96,120
Health Care Social Workers$87,000
Social Workers$70,340
Substance Abuse Counselors$64,920
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Projected Demand for Psychologists in 2030

The U.S. Department of Labor projects that in District of Columbia the three professions needing the most new psychologists by 2030 are Social Workers (2,450), Substance Abuse Counselors (1,270) and Forensic Psychologists (670).

The three professions in District of Columbia needing highest percentage new psychologists by 2030 are Substance Abuse Counselors (21%), Social Workers (13.4%) and Psychology Teachers (11.8%).

Title20202030ChangeYearly Openings
Social Workers2,1602,45013.4%240
Substance Abuse Counselors1,0501,27021%130
Forensic Psychologists6506703.1%50
Health Care Social Workers4004307.5%40
Psychology Teachers17019011.8%20
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, 2022*

Salaries Ranked by District of Columbia Cities

The average salary for Forensic Psychologists in District of Columbia is $104,440. The top cities that pay Forensic Psychologists the most is Washington-Arlington-Alexandria ($110,250).

When adjusted for cost-of-living, the cities that pay Forensic Psychologists the highest average annual salary is Washington-Arlington-Alexandria ($98,852).

The following table shows the average yearly salary range for Forensic 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 Forensic Psychologists salary will have in that area.

AreaAverage SalaryCOL AdjustedDifference
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria$110,250$98,852$-11,398
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Salary FAQ for District of Columbia Forensic Psychologists

District of Columbia Forensic Psychologists earn between $51,670 and $135,030 a year depending on their level of education, experience and skill.

There are currently 240 Forensic Psychologists employed in District of Columbia which is about 2% of the U.S. total.

Psychology Teachers are the highest paid psychologists in District of Columbia with an average annual wage of $105,510.

An entry level psychologist makes as much as $51,670 a year in District of Columbia

The most Forensic Psychologists work in the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria area where 670 Forensic Psychologists are employed.

After being adjusted for cost-of-living, Forensic Psychologists in District of Columbia earn 93,702 per year, while the average across the United States earns $98,010.

By 2030, District of Columbia will need 670 Forensic Psychologists. A total of 50 Forensic Psychologists will need to enter into the District of Columbia work forces each year.

City and Rural Summaries

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria

Average Forensic Psychologists Salary: $110,250
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $98,852
Hourly Wage: $53.01
Currently Employed: 670
Cost-of-Living Index: 111.53
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria Salary Report

Official Data Sources for Forensic Psychologists: Salary Data | Projected Employment | Cost of Living Data