How Much Do School Psychologists Earn?

Typical yearly earnings for school psychologists

How much do school psychologists earn
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School psychologists work in educational settings to help young people with academic, social, and emotional problems. It is often identified as a "hot career" due to an expected growth in job demand in the coming years thanks to an increased need within the educational system as well attrition in the field due to retirement.

In 2011, U.S. News and World Report ranked school psychology as one of their 50 best careers of the year.

The profession made their list thanks to good salaries for professionals in the field and strong projected job outlook.

Of course, salary should never be your only consideration when selecting a career. Other factors such as quality of life, type of work, and job demand should also factor into your decision. That said, school psychology is expected to continue to grow in the coming years as the demand for psychological services in educational settings rises. According to projects by the U.S. Department of Labor, the demand for school psychologists is expected to grow by an estimated 20 percent over the next decade, which is considered much faster than the average for all other occupations.

So just how much might you expect to earn each year as a school psychologist? Let's take a closer look at the numbers.

School Psychologist Salaries

The Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, reports that in May 2015 psychologists employed in elementary and secondary schools earned a mean annual salary of $74,130.

In 2011, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the lowest paid school psychologists earned less than $39,060 while the high paid professionals in this field earned approximately $110,410.

Specific salaries vary depending on a number of factors including geographic location and years of experience.

Annual salaries tend to be higher in major metropolitan areas, although it is important to note that these areas also generally have a higher cost of living.

How do earnings for school psychologists compare to others employed in the field of education? According to U.S. News and World Report, school psychologists average more per year than school counselors (who average just over $54,000 per year) and elementary school teachers (who average almost $53,000 per year).

"Starting salaries in school psychology vary regionally," reports the National Association of School Psychologists. "School districts often have school psychologists on the same salary schedule as teachers, while others have a separate salary schedule. The average annual salary for a 190-day contract ranges from $47,880.00 to $67,070.00, while top salaries can exceed $100,000."

Learn More:


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Psychologists. Retrieved from 

Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2013, March 29). Occupational employment and wages, May 2012: Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists. Retrieved from

National Association of School Psychologists. (n.d.). A career in school psychology. Retrieved from

School psychologist: Salary. U.S. News and World Report. Retrieved from

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