The average Child Psychologist in the United States earns approximately $66K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Child Psychologists largely appreciate their work and find this position highly satisfactory. Most Child Psychologists survey respondents are women (75 percent). The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,120 - $98,431
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$39K
$66K
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MEDIAN: $65,736
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$15.21 - $61.68
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MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$39,120 - $98,431  
   
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$0.00 - $14,933  
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$38,955 - $102,306  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 116
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Hourly Rate
$15.21 - $61.68  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
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$0.00 - $14,933  
   
Total Pay (?
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$38,955 - $102,306  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 21
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Job Description for Child Psychologist

Child psychologists/therapists diagnose and treat children 17 years old or younger who have mental, social, behavioral, or emotional problems. They are counseling professionals and highly-trained specialists who use a multidisciplinary approach which takes into consideration the child's home, school, and social environment. Their work environment may range from a school setting to a large clinic or private practice, and their common goal is to make helpful decisions for the betterment of their patients' welfare.

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Child Psychologist Tasks

  • Counsel patients and groups regarding problems.
  • Develop and evaluate treatment plans for children.
  • Develop and implement individual treatment plans and monitor effectiveness.
  • Manage caseload and documentation.
  • Accompany children through medical procedures.

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Pay by Experience Level for Child Psychologist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $66K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $72K. Child Psychologists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $65K. Veteran professionals who boast more than 20 years of relevant experience enjoy plum median salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $101K.

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Experience Affects Child Psychologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 51%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$67,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 1%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 4 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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