School Psychologist Salary

School Psychologists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $58K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$42,642 - $88,076
$43K
$58K
$88K
MEDIAN: $58,388
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$20.20 - $62.45
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$62
MEDIAN: $39.36
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$42,642 - $88,076  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,192  
Profit Sharing
$5,750  
Total Pay (?
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$42,751 - $92,772  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 968
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$20.20 - $62.45  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $188.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,192  
   
Profit Sharing
$5,750  
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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$42,751 - $92,772  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 80

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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

  • Administer diagnostic assessments and evaluate student performance.
  • Work with parents in the development of each student.
  • Develop, implement and monitor goals and objectives of the school and program.

Common Career Paths for School Psychologist


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For School Psychologists, progressing to a Psychologist role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Psychologist can earn $71K annually.

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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 and Bilingual are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent and 14 percent, respectively. Those listing Evaluations as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Psychological Testing and Psychological Evaluation also typically command lower compensation. Clinical Psychology and Counseling are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for School Psychologist

Pay by Experience for a School Psychologist has a positive trend. An entry-level School Psychologist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 556 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A School Psychologist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 222 salaries. An experienced School Psychologist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 228 salaries. A School Psychologist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 115 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $59,299

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

School Psychologists will find that Los Angeles offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 35 percent. School Psychologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+26 percent), Philadelphia (+24 percent), Atlanta (+15 percent), and Phoenix (+11 percent). With compensation 14 percent below the national average, Cincinnati is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Denver and San Antonio are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 7 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively.

School Psychologist Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for School Psychologist

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 75 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects School Psychologist Salaries

▲22%

▲12%

▲2%

National Average
$59,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect School Psychologist Salaries

Case Management
▲20%

Bilingual
▲14%


school psychologist
▲2%


consultation
▲1%

▼0%

National Average
$59,000

Data Analysis
▼1%

Educational Psychology
▼1%

▼2%


Psychological Assessment
▼10%

Psychological Evaluation
▼16%

Psychological Testing
▼19%

Evaluations
▼22%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 75 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
no benefits
None: 14%
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