School Psychologist Salary

Median pay for School Psychologists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $57K per year. Compensation ranges between $40K and $87K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most School Psychologists survey respondents are women (73 percent). A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The majority of School Psychologists claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$39,607 - $83,249
(Median)
$40K
$57K
$83K
MEDIAN: $56,757
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$15.55 - $74.92
(Median)
$16
$41
$75
MEDIAN: $40
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$39,607 - $83,249  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,073  
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$39,780 - $87,018  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,092
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Hourly Rate
$15.55 - $74.92  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $61.28  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,073  
   
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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$39,780 - $87,018  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 63

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Job Description for School Psychologist

School psychologists have one of the most important positions within the school system, as in many cases students with serious issues depend on their knowledge and expertise to guide them through very difficult challenges that often confront them. They are professionals who use their ability to work with both teachers and parents in order to accommodate students' needs to the fullest. In many instances, a school psychologist may create presentations for educators and families to help them realize a particular vision that will assist a student with needs in numerous areas that include behavioral, academic, socially, and other areas. They are also relied upon to work closely with school staff and parents in an effort to promote a healthy school environment, which will ultimately positively affect students who may require special social or psychological needs. School psychologists administer diagnostic assessments and evaluate student performance. These psychologists develop, implement and monitor goals and objectives of the school and program. They work with parents in the development of each student. School psychologists are also in charge of conducting individual and group counseling sessions that will directly help a specific family or personal issue that may be getting in the way of one's academic performance. Doing this becomes one of these professionals' major responsibilities, as their ability to get to the core of a specific problem can be crucial to the future success of so many students who have to deal with more than a typical student. Furthermore, it is the school psychologist's responsibility to give students and families the tools they need to properly deal with varying circumstances, including anger tolerance, various social encounters, and many other situations that can otherwise create problems for many students.


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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Many School Psychologists move into a Clinical Psychologist role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $70K per year.

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Popular Skills for School Psychologist


Survey results imply that School Psychologists deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Lucky workers who know Evaluations can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 34 percent above average. Case Management and Clinical Psychology are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 15 percent and 34 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Assessment and Psychological Testing. 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, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $51K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $60K. School Psychologists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $69K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $78K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for School Psychologists that is 17 percent greater than the national average, Philadelphia offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. School Psychologists will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+15 percent), New York (+12 percent), Phoenix (+11 percent), and Chicago (+6 percent). Trailing the national average by 15 percent, San Antonio is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers in Atlanta and Denver also lean toward paying below-median salaries (6 percent less).

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Experience Affects School Psychologist Salaries

Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$58,000


Skills That Affect School Psychologist Salaries

Evaluations
up arrow 34%

Case Management
up arrow 34%


school psychologist
up arrow 8%

Childhood Education
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School Psychology
up arrow 4%

Bilingual
up arrow 4%

Counseling
up arrow 3%

consultation
0%

National Average
$58,000

Psychological Testing
up arrow 8%

Assessment
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 198 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

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%