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School Psychologist Salary

Average School Psychologists in the United States make around $57K annually. Compensation ranges from $40K on the lower end to $87K per year on the higher end. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little more than half. Female School Psychologists make up most of the survey respondents at 74 percent. Most School Psychologists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$39,809 - $82,991
(Median)
$40K
$57K
$83K
MEDIAN: $56,877
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$15.46 - $75.36
(Median)
$15
$41
$75
MEDIAN: $40
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$39,809 - $82,991  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,085  
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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$40,006 - $86,710  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,115
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$15.46 - $75.36  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $61.28  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,085  
   
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).
)
$40,006 - $86,710  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 62
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Job Description for School Psychologist

School psychologists work primarily in schools, as their title suggests, and their work focuses on assessing and interpreting students of the school to ensure they are receiving the best possible education suited to their needs. They also review test results, consult with parents and teachers, and generally observe students and their learning environments, and may be required to diagnose learning disorders, mental disabilities, and behavioral problems and work to resolve them.

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School Psychologist Tasks

  • Develop, implement and monitor goals and objectives of the school and program.
  • Work with parents in the development of each student.
  • Administer diagnostic assessments and evaluate student performance.

Common Career Paths for School Psychologist


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School Psychologists who move on to become Clinical Psychologists may enjoy significant pay raises, as Clinical Psychologists get paid an average of $70K per year.

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Popular Skills for School Psychologist


Survey takers working as School Psychologists report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Evaluations, Case Management, and Clinical Psychology are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 34 percent, 33 percent, and 15 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Psychological Testing, school psychologist, and Assessment. Those with knowledge of Clinical Psychology tend to be skilled in Counseling as well.

Pay by Experience Level for School Psychologist

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


For many School Psychologists, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $51K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $60K. For School Psychologists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $69K. School Psychologists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $77K.

Pay Difference by Location


Philadelphia is home to an above-average pay rate for School Psychologists, 20 percent higher than the national average. School Psychologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+19 percent), New York (+15 percent), Phoenix (+10 percent), and Chicago (+4 percent). The lowest-paying market is San Antonio, which sits 14 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Pittsburgh (14 percent lower) and Atlanta (6 percent lower).

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Experience Affects School Psychologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 34%


Mid-Career
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National Average
$58,000


Skills That Affect School Psychologist Salaries

Evaluations
up arrow 34%

Case Management
up arrow 33%


Bilingual
up arrow 11%

Childhood Education
up arrow 7%

consultation
up arrow 4%

Counseling
up arrow 3%

School Psychology
up arrow 2%

National Average
$58,000

Assessment
up arrow 11%

school psychologist
up arrow 12%

Psychological Testing
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 193 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 13%
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