School Psychologist Salary

School Psychologists in the United States take home approximately $57K per year on average. Pay generally varies between $40K and $87K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. For the most part, School Psychologists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female School Psychologists making up 74 percent. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$40,032 - $83,288
(Median)
$40K
$57K
$83K
MEDIAN: $57,040
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$15.55 - $74.66
(Median)
$16
$40
$75
MEDIAN: $40
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$40,032 - $83,288  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,005  
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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$40,230 - $86,873  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,124
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.55 - $74.66  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $61.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,005  
   
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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$40,230 - $86,873  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 63
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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 move into a Clinical Psychologist role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $70K per year.

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Popular Skills for School Psychologist


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Lucky workers who know Evaluations can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 33 percent above average. Case Management and Bilingual are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 13 percent and 33 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Psychological Testing, school psychologist, 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.


School Psychologists generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $51K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $60K on average. School Psychologists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $70K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $77K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for School Psychologists that is 19 percent greater than the national average, Philadelphia offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. School Psychologists will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+19 percent), New York (+12 percent), Phoenix (+9 percent), and Chicago (+3 percent). San Antonio is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 16 percent. Workers in Denver and Pittsburgh earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (10 percent less and 6 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects School Psychologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%


Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$58,000


Skills That Affect School Psychologist Salaries

Evaluations
up arrow 33%

Case Management
up arrow 33%

Bilingual
up arrow 13%


Childhood Education
up arrow 7%

Counseling
up arrow 3%

School Psychology
0%

consultation
0%

National Average
$58,000

Assessment
up arrow 11%

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up arrow 12%

Psychological Testing
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 181 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
21%
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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