School Psychologist Salary

Earnings for School Psychologists in the United States come in at around $57K annually on average. Pay ranges from $40K on the low end to $87K per year on the high end. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most School Psychologists report high levels of job satisfaction. Most School Psychologists survey respondents are women (75 percent). Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,151 - $83,200
(Median)
$40K
$57K
$83K
MEDIAN: $57,063
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$19.68 - $75.36
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$75
MEDIAN: $40
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$40,151 - $83,200  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,005  
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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$40,376 - $86,776  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,124
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$19.68 - $75.36  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $61.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,005  
   
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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$40,376 - $86,776  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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.

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Popular Skills for School Psychologist


School Psychologists report using a large range of skills on the job. Lucky workers who know Evaluations can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 33 percent above average. Case Management and Bilingual are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 13 percent and 33 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Psychological Testing, Psychological Evaluation, and school psychologist. Many workers who know Clinical Psychology also know Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for School Psychologist

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


School Psychologists who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $51K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $60K. School Psychologists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $69K. School Psychologists who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $77K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, School Psychologists in Philadelphia enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 21 percent above the national average. School Psychologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+20 percent), New York (+12 percent), Phoenix (+9 percent), and Chicago (+4 percent). San Antonio ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 14 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Denver and Pittsburgh (10 percent lower).

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Experience Affects School Psychologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%


Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$58,000


Skills That Affect School Psychologist Salaries

Evaluations
up arrow 33%

Case Management
up arrow 33%

Bilingual
up arrow 13%


Childhood Education
up arrow 7%

Counseling
up arrow 2%

School Psychology
0%

National Average
$58,000

consultation
up arrow 4%

Assessment
up arrow 11%

school psychologist
up arrow 12%

Psychological Evaluation
up arrow 14%

Psychological Testing
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 181 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 13%
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