School Psychologist Salary (United States)

A School Psychologist earns an average salary of $54,468 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career. A skill in Clinical Psychology is associated with high pay for this job.
School Psychologist Total Pay (?
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$39,229 - $81,311
(Median)
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81K
MEDIAN: $54,467
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School Psychologist Total Pay (?
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$14.09 - $77.06
(Median)
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37
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77
MEDIAN: $37.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$39,229 - $81,311  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,596  
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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$39,304 - $83,794  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,193
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$14.09 - $77.06  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $45.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,596  
   
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).
)
$39,304 - $83,794  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,193
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Job Description for School Psychologist

School psychologists have one of the most important positions within the school system, as in many cases students with serious issues depend on their knowledge and expertise to guide them through very difficult challenges that often confront them. They are professionals who use their ability to work with both teachers and parents in order to accommodate students' needs to the fullest. In many instances, a school psychologist may create presentations for educators and families to help them realize a particular vision that will assist a student with needs in numerous areas that include behavioral, academic, socially, and other areas. They are also relied upon to work closely with school staff and parents in an effort to promote a healthy school environment, which will ultimately positively affect students who may require special social or psychological needs. School psychologists administer diagnostic assessments and evaluate student performance. These psychologists develop, implement and monitor goals and objectives of the school and program. They work with parents in the development of each student. School psychologists are also in charge of conducting individual and group counseling sessions that will directly help a specific family or personal issue that may be getting in the way of one's academic performance. Doing this becomes one of these professionals' major responsibilities, as their ability to get to the core of a specific problem can be crucial to the future success of so many students who have to deal with more than a typical student. Furthermore, it is the school psychologist's responsibility to give students and families the tools they need to properly deal with varying circumstances, including anger tolerance, various social encounters, and many other situations that can otherwise create problems for many students.
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.

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Pay by Experience Level for School Psychologist

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

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
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Phoenix
up arrow 14%
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Chicago
up arrow 7%
Seattle
up arrow 5%
San Diego
0%
National Average
$55,000
Atlanta
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Cincinnati
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Denver
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San Antonio
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Experience Affects School Psychologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 43%
Experienced
up arrow 19%
Mid-Career
up arrow 6%
National Average
$55,000

Skills That Affect School Psychologist Salaries

School Psychology
up arrow 1%
National Average
$55,000
Psychological Testing
up arrow 5%
Assessment
up arrow 8%
consultation
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
73%
female alumni
 
Male
27%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 12%
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