School Psychologists in the United States take home approximately $58K annually on average. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Work is enjoyable for School Psychologists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The vast majority (80 percent) of School Psychologists who took the survey are female. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$41,956 - $85,999
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MEDIAN: $58,137
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$41,956 - $85,999  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,177  
Profit Sharing
$5,750  
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$42,326 - $90,859  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 922
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$22.67 - $61.38  
   
Overtime
$57.64  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,177  
   
Profit Sharing
$5,750  
Total Pay (?
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$42,326 - $90,859  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 73

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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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School Psychologists may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Psychologist. The latter position pays an average of $71K annually.

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Popular Skills for School Psychologist


School Psychologists seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Case Management, Bilingual, and consultation are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 16 percent, and 11 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 also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for School Psychologist

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


School Psychologists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $54K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $61K. School Psychologists see a median salary of $67K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $73K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $59,113

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

Home to some of the best pay for School Psychologists, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 34 percent above the national average. School Psychologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Philadelphia (+24 percent), Atlanta (+24 percent), San Diego (+14 percent), and Phoenix (+11 percent). With compensation 12 percent below the national average, Cincinnati is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Denver (10 percent lower) and San Antonio (5 percent lower).

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
80 %
Male
20 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 69 votes.
040
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects School Psychologist Salaries




National Average
$59,000


Skills That Affect School Psychologist Salaries

Case Management
up arrow 21%

Bilingual
up arrow 16%

consultation
up arrow 11%



school psychologist
up arrow 3%


Assessment
up arrow 1%

Counseling
0%

Educational Psychology
0%

National Average
$59,000

School Psychology
up arrow 1%

Psychological Assessment
up arrow 10%

Psychological Evaluation
up arrow 16%

Psychological Testing
up arrow 19%

Evaluations
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 69 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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