Psychology in Idaho

Updated August 17, 2022

Idaho psychologists are in demand. Learn about Idaho psychologist salaries, psychologist licensing requirements, and how to qualify and apply for your license in the state.

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Idaho is one of the fastest-growing states in the country, and its demand for psychologists has increased as well. Whether you plan to attend a psychology school in Idaho or practice there after you graduate, this guide explores what you need to know about Idaho psychologist salary ranges and psychologist licensing requirements in the state.

Psychologist Salaries in Idaho
Job Title Lowest 10% Median Annual Salary Highest 10%
Clinical and counseling psychologists $39,630 $62,410 $130,030
School psychologists $37,290 $50,520 $76,740
Psychologists, all other $48,920 $92,120 $113,630

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Psychologist Licensing in Idaho

The Idaho Board of Psychologist Examiners establishes and oversees psychologist licensing in Idaho requirements. Like other states, Idaho requires a doctoral degree, supervised doctoral and postdoctoral experience, and a criminal background check.

Idaho accepts licensing by endorsement if you have a National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology (NRHSPP), American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), or Certificate of Professional Qualification in Psychology credential from the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB). It also allows Interjurisdictional Practice Certificate (IPC)-holders to practice for up to 30 days during a calendar year, in either telehealth or in-person settings.

License Requirements

You must meet the following requirements to obtain a psychology license in Idaho:

  • Acceptable moral character, understanding of and adherence to the American Psychological Association (APA) ethics
  • A doctorate from an APA-accredited school or a regionally accredited doctoral program that meets equivalent standards, which you must document
  • Two years of supervised experience, totaling at least 1,000 hours each
  • At least 1,000 hours of supervised postdoctoral experience
  • A passing score on the Examination for Professional Practice In Psychology (EPPP) (as of April 2001, the passing score is 500 or higher)
  • Psychologists with applicable coursework and credentials may apply for prescriptive authority.

Demand for Psychology in Idaho

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, there are 66 designated mental health care professional shortage areas in Idaho, with 1.7 million residents living in those areas. To meet the demand, Idaho would need another 65 psychologists. However, the Health Resources and Services Administration projects a shortfall of 170-270 psychologists by from 2016-2030.

The opioid crisis and other substance abuse problems have taken a heavy toll on Idaho. In 2020, there were 287 deaths and 4,548 emergency department visits due to overdoses, out of a population of approximately 1.9 million.

The need for child psychologists, especially culturally competent providers, is high. In the 2020 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) survey, the satisfaction level for access to providers for children was 73.5%, compared to 89.2% nationally. Satisfaction with cultural sensitivity among providers was 83.7%, compared to 94.6% nationally. While 92.5% of adults were satisfied with their own care, only 83.7% of family members were satisfied with care provided to children.

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