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School Psychologist Salary

School Psychologist Salary By Percentile
Percentile 10% 25% 50% 75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.49 $24.27 $32.53 $42.27 $52.57
Annual Wage $38,500 $50,500 $67,700 $87,900 $109,300

How much does a school psychologist make? School psychologists work in educational settings providing psychological and assessment services to students in order to promote a healthy school environment. They also identify problems in schools that potentially interfere with learning and collaborate with other school professionals to develop strategies to improve the educational experience for students. School psychologists may also educate students about problem solving techniques and proper ways to communicate and evaluate students for eligibility in special education programs. The education needed to become a school psychologist requires at least a master's degree in psychology. Many employers prefer that school psychologists hold a PhD in the subject which requires an additional 2-4 years of schooling.

Salary

In 2012, the median salary for school psychologists, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics was $67,650. The median annual salary is the amount that half of those in the field make less than and half of those in the field make more than.

Factors Impacting Salary

Where a school psychologist is employed can affect his or her salary. Typically, those working in larger school districts tend to earn more than those in smaller districts. Obtaining a PhD in psychology can further increase earning potential. In addition, school psychologists who have been in the field for several years will often earn more than those who have only been employed in the occupation for a short amount of time.

Geographical Location and Salary

The cities in the United States where school psychologists earn the most money are Allentown, PA and San Luis Obispo, CA. Some of the top paying states for school psychologists are Hawaii, Rhode Island, California, Colorado, and New York.

Work Environment and Schedule

School psychologists can find employment in a variety of school settings including public and private schools and colleges and universities. Most work full time and during regular, Monday through Friday business hours. Those employed in schools enjoy lengthy summer and holiday breaks when school is not in session.

Job Outlook

The employment growth rate for school psychologists is average. From 2012 until 2022, jobs in the field are expected to increase by 11 percent. The demand for school psychologists will increase due to the need for more trained professionals in the field to work with special needs students and those dealing with behavioral issues. School psychologists will also be needed to assess the various factors that affect how students learn.

Top Paying Industries

Industry Employment % of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean salary
Scientific Research and Development Services 400 0.06 $44.23 $91,990
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 680 0.28 $41.38 $86,070
Employment Services 480 0.01 $39.37 $81,890
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 4,730 0.09 $38.78 $80,660
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 13,350 1.80 $38.75 $80,600

Salary By State

State 10% 25% Median 75% 90% Jobs (2010) Jobs (2020) Outlook
Alabama $35,100 $47,200 $59,900 $84,000 $171,700 950 1,170 +24%
Alaska $38,800 $48,800 $61,600 $77,300 $93,300 120 140 +16%
Arizona $38,400 $45,700 $57,400 $71,800 $88,000 2,330 2,800 +20%
Arkansas $38,500 $45,900 $57,700 $70,600 $86,400 690 790 +13%
California $37,800 $56,200 $80,500 $98,500 $113,800 24,600 28,100 +14%
Colorado $36,100 $46,900 $71,000 $94,800 $117,100 3,730 4,460 +20%
Connecticut $46,600 $57,800 $75,900 $92,800 $114,300 2,980 3,440 +16%
Delaware $29,600 $44,900 $71,500 $87,200 $122,900 450 550 +22%
District of Columbia $36,800 $56,000 $74,900 $93,100 $112,600 700 840 +19%
Florida $42,700 $52,600 $65,800 $80,300 $96,600 3,900 4,540 +16%
Georgia $34,700 $50,500 $63,900 $74,800 $91,100 2,760 3,290 +20%
Hawaii $40,500 $54,300 $72,600 $99,100 $179,600 850 1,020 +19%
Idaho $28,900 $41,000 $52,700 $67,800 $89,900 1,050 1,260 +20%
Illinois $35,800 $48,600 $66,400 $85,100 $98,600 5,990 6,880 +15%
Iowa $41,700 $48,400 $63,100 $79,600 $106,700 1,350 1,570 +16%
Kansas $32,500 $41,900 $52,500 $64,900 $81,300 1,940 2,450 +26%
Kentucky $31,500 $40,900 $51,400 $62,600 $78,600 1,610 2,070 +29%
Louisiana $37,600 $49,300 $64,500 $90,000 $111,600 370 420 +16%
Maine $31,000 $45,100 $58,800 $74,700 $116,800 520 590 +13%
Maryland $38,500 $44,600 $66,900 $86,800 $108,400 3,340 4,160 +25%
Massachusetts $44,000 $56,500 $73,600 $93,600 $114,300 6,250 7,350 +18%
Michigan $37,000 $47,700 $66,100 $80,500 $109,800 3,360 3,710 +10%
Minnesota $38,500 $48,200 $61,500 $78,800 $94,400 3,450 4,290 +24%
Mississippi $32,100 $38,000 $46,000 $56,700 $69,500 1,240 1,330 +8%
Missouri $33,600 $47,100 $63,400 $81,600 $95,800 2,260 2,490 +10%
Montana $30,800 $39,200 $51,800 $69,600 $125,500 720 820 +14%
Nebraska $38,000 $50,300 $62,700 $75,500 $99,400 900 1,040 +15%
Nevada $40,600 $52,000 $66,900 $79,800 $94,900 660 730 +12%
New Hampshire $41,900 $53,600 $64,800 $74,500 $91,900 690 790 +15%
New Jersey $54,700 $65,200 $78,000 $95,000 $115,500 4,970 5,380 +8%
New Mexico $42,200 $53,400 $66,400 $82,100 $93,800 3,250 3,900 +20%
New York $45,700 $61,600 $80,800 $98,600 $121,700 13,920 15,600 +12%
North Carolina $41,700 $48,500 $57,800 $73,700 $93,400 3,910 4,560 +17%
North Dakota $43,400 $52,700 $65,200 $78,700 $95,000 - - -
Ohio $43,700 $56,300 $71,700 $88,000 $100,200 4,130 4,540 +10%
Oklahoma $19,600 $38,400 $48,300 $60,300 $83,200 1,190 1,450 +21%
Oregon $37,200 $51,300 $69,000 $86,300 $104,600 1,110 1,350 0%
Pennsylvania $37,900 $49,500 $65,000 $87,400 $118,900 6,720 7,210 +7%
Rhode Island $57,900 $68,900 $82,900 $95,400 $139,800 820 940 +15%
South Carolina $22,200 $40,000 $53,700 $66,900 $82,400 1,360 1,620 +19%
South Dakota $50,000 $55,600 $65,700 $78,000 $101,900 230 270 +14%
Tennessee $42,300 $51,000 $60,200 $73,500 $92,500 1,820 2,120 +17%
Texas $34,800 $47,100 $57,300 $71,400 $90,900 9,250 11,440 +24%
Utah $23,500 $43,300 $57,000 $73,400 $93,400 1,200 1,600 +34%
Vermont $34,200 $40,400 $51,400 $67,500 $85,300 700 820 +18%
Virginia $34,200 $45,800 $63,300 $80,300 $106,900 3,450 4,380 +27%
Washington $49,700 $57,500 $68,500 $82,400 $98,900 3,320 3,900 +18%
West Virginia $25,300 $34,200 $48,000 $64,800 $75,900 970 1,090 +12%
Wisconsin $33,800 $48,900 $65,000 $82,500 $105,600 3,520 3,860 +10%
Wyoming $41,800 $54,700 $68,800 $83,100 $100,500 280 360 +26%


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