The federal government has the highest demand for forensic psychologists out of anywhere else, and employs over 5,000 of these psychologists with an average salary of $85,000 (09). This would be the most lucrative use of your psychology degree, but it's impossible, so you should probably just get over it now.
Do psychologists work in prisons?
Prison psychologists may be required help to prepare inmates for release, and communicate directly with parole boards. They also facilitate therapy groups for violent offenders. Part of a prison psychologist's job is to help seriously mentally ill inmates manage hallucinations and delusions while incarcerated.
How much do counselors in prisons make?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that as of 2011, correctional counselors and probation officers in the U.S. were paid a median annual salary of $47,840. Counselors and probation officers with salaries in the top 10 percent were paid $82,140 or more a year.