Mental health practitioner salaries in states with the highest provider shortage

Texas and California have the most significant mental health workforce shortage areas, according to data from Health Services and Resources Administration.

Forty-eight percent of the U.S. population, or 158 million Americans, lives in areas with a shortage of mental health providers, according to data released Nov. 20.

Here is a comparison of the salaries of mental health providers in the 10 states with the most significant shortages, based on a combination of three factors: the number of areas statewide facing a shortage of mental health providers; the number of unique groups, — for example,  individuals in rural areas — lacking access to providers; and the number of treatment facilities in the state reporting a shortage of providers.

 

State

Average annual salary per position

 

Psychiatrists

Psychiatric nurse practitioners

Psychiatric physician assistants

  1. Texas

$240,490

$98,711

$103,204

  1. California

$305,290

$133,201

$117,396

  1. Alaska

$235,630

$114,454

$117,816

  1. Missouri

$324,840

$97,649

$100,160

  1. Michigan

$250,570

$99,799

$105,183

  1. Florida

$216,040

$105,250

$99,844

  1. Arizona

$293,810

$115,761

$103,908

  1. Illinois

$282,240

$99,370

$107,937

9.  North Carolina

$224,080

$90,925

$100,265

10. New York

$197,730

$138,474

$112,771



National

$249,760

$123,607

$164,760

 

Salary information was compiled using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nurse.org and salary.com.

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