School Psychologist Salary

School Psychologists in the United States take home an average $58K per year. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 81 percent of School Psychologists are female. Most School Psychologists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$41,603 - $85,661
$42K
$58K
$86K
MEDIAN: $57,892
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$22.15 - $64.06
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MEDIAN: $40.12
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$41,603 - $85,661  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,307  
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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$41,922 - $90,411  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 889
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$22.15 - $64.06  
   
Overtime
$57.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,307  
   
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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$41,922 - $90,411  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 70

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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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As School Psychologists transition into upper-level roles such as Psychologist, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Psychologists earn $71K on average per year.

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Popular Skills for School Psychologist


School Psychologists seem to exploit a large range of 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 21 percent and 15 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. Experience with Clinical Psychology is often linked with knowledge of Counseling.

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: $58,854

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

For School Psychologists, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. School Psychologists will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+27 percent), Philadelphia (+25 percent), Atlanta (+16 percent), and Phoenix (+11 percent). With compensation 13 percent below the national average, Cincinnati is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers in Denver and San Antonio also lean toward paying below-median salaries (7 percent lower and 5 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
81 %
Male
19 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 65 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects School Psychologist Salaries

▲23%

▲13%

▲3%

National Average
$59,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect School Psychologist Salaries

Case Management
▲21%

Bilingual
▲15%


school psychologist
▲3%

consultation
▲2%


▲1%

Data Analysis
▼0%

Educational Psychology
▼0%

National Average
$59,000

▼1%


Psychological Assessment
▼10%

Psychological Evaluation
▼15%

Psychological Testing
▼18%

Evaluations
▼21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 65 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
no benefits
None: 16%