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Psychologist Salary (United States)

A Psychologist earns an average salary of $67,530 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Clinical Research and Forensic Psychology.
Psychologist Salary (?
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$40,329 - $103,900
(Median)
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68K
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MEDIAN: $67,530
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Psychologist Salary (?
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$20.48 - $150.62
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MEDIAN: $49.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$40,329 - $103,900  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,965  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,304  
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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$41,350 - $131,423  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,180
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$20.48 - $150.62  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $150.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,965  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,304  
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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$41,350 - $131,423  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 230
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Job Description for Psychologist

Psychologists employ their education and knowledge of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) to provide diagnostic interviews, psychological testing, and individual and group psychotherapy. They may work as part of a multidisciplinary team, and consult with other professionals regarding patient care. These other professionals vary depending upon the type of psychologist. For instance, a school psychologist may work with teachers, social workers, counselors, and doctors. Psychologists may also communicate with family members and other care providers. Additionally, they conduct a significant amount of verbal interviews, as well as collaboration with other professionals; report writing is extensive and need to be clear as a medical record, as well as for other care providers when necessary.
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Psychologist Tasks
  • Administer and interpret psychological tests and measurements, and document results internally and for patients.
  • Guide patients through treatment regimens like behavior modification, psychotherapy, and group therapy.
  • Respond to crises with appropriate interventions and change treatment plans to respond to changing circumstances.
  • Conduct psychological exams, providing recommendations about courses of treatment and diagnosis.
  • Participate in and recruit for applied research in psychology.

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Pay by Experience Level for Psychologist

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

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
up arrow 37%
Washington
up arrow 37%
up arrow 14%
San Diego
up arrow 9%
Boston
up arrow 6%
Atlanta
up arrow 2%
National Average
$72,000
Baltimore
up arrow 1%
Philadelphia
up arrow 2%
Minneapolis
up arrow 4%
Phoenix
up arrow 6%
Seattle
up arrow 7%
Chicago
up arrow 12%
Denver
up arrow 15%
Dallas
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Experience Affects Psychologist Salaries

National Average
$72,000

Skills That Affect Psychologist Salaries

Clinical Research
up arrow 25%
Forensic Psychology
up arrow 17%
Clinical Supervision
up arrow 3%
National Average
$72,000
Autism
up arrow 7%
Assessment
up arrow 28%

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
63%
female alumni
 
Male
37%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 24%