Psychology in Maine

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Updated August 22, 2022

Explore our guide on how to obtain a psychologist license in Maine, average psychologist salaries, and options to help Maine residents access psychological services.

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Maine's demand for psychology professionals has affected its many rural communities the most. In fact, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data indicates that only 200 psychologists serve the state's population of over 1.3 million.

Psychologists in Maine earn below national average salaries. However, the growing need for this profession can drive salaries to match demand. Additional education, certification, and training can also increase salary expectations.

Keep reading for more on psychologist licensing in Maine, the demand for psychology professionals, and expected salary ranges.

Psychologist Salaries in Maine
Job Title Lowest 10% Median Annual Salary Highest 10%
Clinical and counseling psychologists $57,010 $75,670 $159,120
School psychologists $62.070 $78,220 $103,590
Psychologists, all other $48,770 $72.290 $104,420

Source: BLS

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Psychologist Licensing in Maine

Psychologist licensing in Maine is administered by the Board of Examiners of Psychologists. Obtaining a psychology license in Maine requires supervision hours and the successful completion of two exams.

License reciprocity refers to agreements between certain states that allow for out-of-state licensure privileges. Maine does not currently have any reciprocity agreements with other states. However, if you meet the board's requirements for licensure with your out-of-state license, you can apply for a Maine psychology license easily.

License Requirements

Applicants for psychologist licensing in Maine must:

  • Earn a doctoral degree in psychology.
  • Complete 3,000 supervisory hours, half of which will be completed during the doctoral program and the other half postdoctoral.
  • Submit an application for a psychology license to the Board of Examiners of Psychologists, along with a $321 fee.
  • Pass two exams: Maine's jurisprudence exam and the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology, which includes a $687.50 fee.

Demand for Psychology in Maine

Maine is designated a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Data shows that only 20% of Maine's mental health needs are currently being met. Over half of Maine's 16 counties are experiencing a shortage of psychology professionals, resulting in merely 50% of Maine residents receiving adequate mental health services.

A notably underserved population in Maine are rural residents. To help serve this population, experts at the University of Maine are actively recruiting psychology professionals to work in Maine's rural areas.

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