School Psychologist Salary

School Psychologists in the United States take home approximately $59K per year on average. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$42,458 - $88,986
$42K
$59K
$89K
MEDIAN: $59,323
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$20.20 - $66.76
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MEDIAN: $40.89
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$0$94K
Salary $42,458 - $88,986
Bonus $0.00 - $7,340
Profit Sharing $5,750
Total Pay (?
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$42,672 - $94,745
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 953
Hourly Data $0$188
Hourly Rate $20.20 - $66.76
Overtime $0.00 - $188.25
Annual Data $0$94K
Bonus $0.00 - $7,340
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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$42,672 - $94,745
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 90

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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School Psychologists may enjoy a small increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder to roles like Psychologist, which pays $71K on average annually.

School Psychologist Job Listings

Popular Skills for School Psychologist


Survey results imply that School Psychologists deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Case Management, Bilingual, Childhood Education, and school psychologist are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Evaluations as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Psychological Testing and Psychological Evaluation also typically command lower compensation. Aptitude in Clinical Psychology tends to also indicate an understanding 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: $60,359

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

For School Psychologists, Los Angeles provides a pay rate that is 33 percent greater than the national average. School Psychologists will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+25 percent), Philadelphia (+23 percent), Atlanta (+14 percent), and Phoenix (+9 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Cincinnati, 15 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Denver (8 percent lower) and San Antonio (7 percent lower).

School Psychologist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a School Psychologist?

School Psychologist in Charlotte:
"Rewarding."
Pros: I help children and parents of military families on a daily bases with extreme issues.
Cons: I need more education and better pay.

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 95 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
13%

Experience Affects School Psychologist Salaries

▲20%

▲10%

▼0%

National Average
$60,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect School Psychologist Salaries

Case Management
▲18%

Bilingual
▲12%


school psychologist
▼0%

National Average
$60,000


▼1%

consultation
▼1%

Educational Psychology
▼2%

Data Analysis
▼3%

▼4%


Psychological Assessment
▼12%

Psychological Evaluation
▼17%

Psychological Testing
▼20%

Evaluations
▼23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 95 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
19%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
no benefits
None: 16%