School Psychologist Salary

School Psychologists in the United States pull down an average of $58K per year. Pay generally varies between $41K and $89K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female School Psychologists making up 76 percent. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,832 - $85,429
(Median)
$41K
$58K
$85K
MEDIAN: $58,090
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90%

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$19.90 - $69.34
(Median)
$20
$39
$69
MEDIAN: $39.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$40,832 - $85,429  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,092  
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
Total Pay (?
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$41,061 - $88,747  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,202
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$19.90 - $69.34  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $80.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,092  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
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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$41,061 - $88,747  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 71
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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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Many School Psychologists advance their careers by becoming Clinical Psychologists, who report a slightly higher median income of $70K.

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Popular Skills for School Psychologist


School Psychologists seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Case Management, school psychologist, and Evaluations are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 31 percent, 27 percent, and 19 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Psychological Testing, Psychological Evaluation, and Assessment. Counseling is a skill commonly found among those who know Clinical Psychology.

Pay by Experience Level for School Psychologist

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


For School Psychologists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $52K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $60K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $69K in this role. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $76K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $58,912

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For School Psychologists, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 26 percent above the national average. School Psychologists will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+21 percent), Chicago (+14 percent), Phoenix (+9 percent), and New York (+7 percent). San Antonio is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 15 percent. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Atlanta (9 percent lower) and Seattle (8 percent lower).

School Psychologist Reviews

What is it like working as a School Psychologist?

School Psychologist in Kalamazoo:
"Mainly evaluating students who may need special education."
Pros: Helping children with mental health issues.
Cons: The counseling portion.

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Experience Affects School Psychologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 30%


Mid-Career
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National Average
$59,000


Skills That Affect School Psychologist Salaries

Case Management
up arrow 31%

school psychologist
up arrow 27%

Evaluations
up arrow 19%

Bilingual
up arrow 14%


Childhood Education
up arrow 5%

School Psychology
up arrow 2%

Counseling
up arrow 1%

National Average
$59,000

consultation
up arrow 6%

Assessment
up arrow 12%

Psychological Evaluation
up arrow 15%

Psychological Testing
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 162 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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