For School Psychologists, yearly average wages total $58K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Female School Psychologists far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. For the most part, School Psychologists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$41,781 - $86,099
(Median)
$42K
$58K
$86K
MEDIAN: $57,865
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$24.59 - $62.99
(Median)
$25
$43
$63
MEDIAN: $42.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$41,781 - $86,099  
   
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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$42,349 - $91,107  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 916
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$24.59 - $62.99  
   
Overtime
$61.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
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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$42,349 - $91,107  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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

  • 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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School Psychologists may progress into high-paying roles like Psychologist, where median compensation is $71K annually.

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Popular Skills for School Psychologist


School Psychologists report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Case Management, Bilingual, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 11 percent, and 10 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 correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for School Psychologist

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for School Psychologists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $53K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $61K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $68K. School Psychologists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $73K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $59,115

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, 33 percent above the national average. School Psychologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+32 percent), Atlanta (+24 percent), Philadelphia (+18 percent), and New York (+8 percent). School Psychologists in Miami take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 21 percent less than the national average. Workers in Seattle and Denver earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (9 percent less and 7 percent less, respectively).

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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




National Average
$59,000


Skills That Affect School Psychologist Salaries

Case Management
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Bilingual
up arrow 11%


consultation
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Clinical Psychology
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Counseling
0%

Educational Psychology
0%

National Average
$59,000

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Assessment
up arrow 4%

Psychological Evaluation
up arrow 16%

Psychological Testing
up arrow 19%

Evaluations
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 74 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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