Counseling Psychologist Salary

Pay for Counseling Psychologists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $55K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Female Counseling Psychologists far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn dental coverage. Most Counseling Psychologists report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$33,964 - $83,325
$34K
$55K
$83K
MEDIAN: $55,306
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$15.78 - $61.59
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$62
MEDIAN: $36.15
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$33,964 - $83,325  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,030  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$34,870 - $99,690  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 101
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$15.78 - $61.59  
   
Overtime
$30.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,030  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$34,870 - $99,690  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 17

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Job Description for Counseling Psychologist

A counseling psychologist is a mental health professional who works with patients to improve their mental, behavioral and emotional health. They use psychological techniques in their therapy sessions to help patients with issues such as anxiety, depression and interpersonal conflicts. In addition, counseling psychologists also provide assessment and diagnosis - as well as participate in treatment - for more severe psychological symptoms. Some specific duties performed by a counseling psychologist include undertaking risk assessments, planning and implementing therapy, evaluating the outcome of therapy sessions and keeping accurate, up-to-date patient records. These professionals provide clients with a safe place to discuss their issues, as well as offer stress management and coping strategies.

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Common Career Paths for Counseling Psychologist


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Advancing into a Psychologist role seems to be a popular career move for Counseling Psychologists, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $71K per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Counseling Psychologist

Pay by Experience for a Counseling Psychologist has a positive trend. An entry-level Counseling Psychologist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 84 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Counseling Psychologist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 23 salaries. An experienced Counseling Psychologist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 15 salaries. A Counseling Psychologist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 12 salaries.

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Q: What is it like working as a Counseling Psychologist?

Counseling Psychologist in Houston:
"Low Salaries For University Counseling Center Psychologists."
While working in a university counseling center is typically extremely rewarding and job satisfaction tends to be high, the salary is not at all competitive compared to psychologists working in private practice, hospitals, clinics or many agencies.

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Key Stats for Counseling Psychologist

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Counseling Psychologist Salaries

Late-Career
▲27%

Experienced
▲14%

Mid-Career
▲12%

National Average
$57,000

Entry-Level
▼7%

Skills That Affect Counseling Psychologist Salaries

Group Therapy
▲11%

Counseling
▲1%

National Average
$57,000

Clinical Psychology
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
no benefits
None: 12%
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