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School Psychologist Salary

An average School Psychologist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $57K annually. The pay spectrum stretches from $40K to $87K per year. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most School Psychologists survey respondents are women (73 percent). Most School Psychologists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$39,767 - $83,169
(Median)
$40K
$57K
$83K
MEDIAN: $56,933
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$15.46 - $75.36
(Median)
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$41
$75
MEDIAN: $40
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$39,767 - $83,169  
   
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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$39,970 - $86,862  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,105
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).
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$39,970 - $86,862  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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.

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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 13 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Assessment and Psychological Testing. 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $51K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $60K. School Psychologists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $70K. 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 $78K.

Pay Difference by Location


Philadelphia is home to an above-average pay rate for School Psychologists, 18 percent higher than the national average. School Psychologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+16 percent), New York (+12 percent), Phoenix (+10 percent), and Chicago (+5 percent). San Antonio ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 14 percent below the national average. Pittsburgh and Atlanta are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 14 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects School Psychologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 34%


Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$58,000


Skills That Affect School Psychologist Salaries

Evaluations
up arrow 34%

Case Management
up arrow 33%


school psychologist
up arrow 8%

Childhood Education
up arrow 7%

Bilingual
up arrow 3%

Counseling
up arrow 2%

School Psychology
up arrow 2%

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 196 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%
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