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School Psychologist Salary (United States)

School Psychologists in the United States can expect wages of $56K annually on average. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most School Psychologists survey respondents are women (72 percent). Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly more than half. For the most part, School Psychologists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
School Psychologist Salary (?
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$39,426 - $82,889
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MEDIAN: $56,016
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School Psychologist Salary (?
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$14.76 - $76.83
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$39,426 - $82,889  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,166  
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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$39,556 - $86,305  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,092
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$14.76 - $76.83  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $51.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,166  
   
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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$39,556 - $86,305  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 62
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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.

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Popular Skills for School Psychologist

Survey results show that School Psychologists use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with Evaluations, Clinical Psychology, and Childhood Education are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 14 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like school psychologist, consultation, and Assessment. It is not unusual for someone who knows Clinical Psychology to be familiar with 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. 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 $59K. School Psychologists bring in $67K after working for 10 to 20 years. School Psychologists who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $78K.

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
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Chicago
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Philadelphia
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Seattle
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National Average
$57,000
San Diego
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Atlanta
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Cincinnati
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Home to some of the best pay for School Psychologists, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 16 percent above the national average. School Psychologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Phoenix (+12 percent), New York (+7 percent), Philadelphia (+7 percent), and Chicago (+7 percent). Falling short of the national average by 9 percent, the area with the worst salaries is San Antonio. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Cincinnati (8 percent less) and Atlanta (6 percent less).

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Experience Affects School Psychologist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$57,000

Skills That Affect School Psychologist Salaries

Evaluations
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School Psychology
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Childhood Education
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Counseling
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National Average
$57,000
Psychological Testing
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Assessment
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consultation
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school psychologist
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 214 votes.

Gender

Female
72%
female alumni
 
Male
28%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 13%