School Psychologist Salary

Pay for School Psychologists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $58K per year. Earnings generally vary between $41K and $89K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female School Psychologists make up most of the survey respondents at 76 percent. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most School Psychologists. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,832 - $85,429
(Median)
$41K
$58K
$85K
MEDIAN: $58,090
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90%

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$19.90 - $69.34
(Median)
$20
$39
$69
MEDIAN: $39.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$40,832 - $85,429  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,092  
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
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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$41,061 - $88,747  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,202
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$19.90 - $69.34  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $80.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,092  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
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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$41,061 - $88,747  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 71
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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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It doesn't happen often, but some School Psychologists do move on to become Clinical Psychologists. The average pay for that role is slightly higher at $70K per year.

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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 Case Management, school psychologist, and Evaluations are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 31 percent, 27 percent, and 19 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Psychological Testing, Psychological Evaluation, and Assessment. Competency in Clinical Psychology frequently indicates knowledge of Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for School Psychologist

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


For School Psychologists, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $52K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $60K on average — a distinctly larger sum. School Psychologists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $69K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $76K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $58,912

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 Philadelphia (+21 percent), Chicago (+14 percent), Phoenix (+9 percent), and New York (+7 percent). San Antonio ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 15 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Atlanta and Seattle (9 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

School Psychologist Reviews

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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Experience Affects School Psychologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 30%


Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$59,000


Skills That Affect School Psychologist Salaries

Case Management
up arrow 31%

school psychologist
up arrow 27%

Evaluations
up arrow 19%

Bilingual
up arrow 14%


Childhood Education
up arrow 5%

School Psychology
up arrow 2%

Counseling
up arrow 1%

National Average
$59,000

consultation
up arrow 6%

Assessment
up arrow 12%

Psychological Evaluation
up arrow 15%

Psychological Testing
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 162 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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