Psychologist Salaries

Average Salaries of Different Psychologist Jobs

How much do psychologists make
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Have you ever wondered how much money psychologists earn each year? Salaries actually vary widely depending upon educational level, specialty area and years of experience. Some individuals working in the field of psychology earn around $30,000 a year, while others earn six-figure salaries. The following are some of the average salaries for different psychology jobs.

Salaries for Various Psychology Jobs

Career Counselor: $46,000

Clinical Psychologist: $63,000

Cognitive Psychologist: $55,000

Counselor: $47,530

Developmental Psychologist: $56,500

Engineering Psychologist: $79,818

Experimental Psychologist: $56,500

Forensic Psychologist: $59,440

Health Psychologist: $40,000 (entry-level) to $85,000 (advanced-level)

Industrial-Organizational Psychologist: $97,820

Psychiatrist: $144,020

Neuropsychologist: $79,570

School Counselor: $53,750

School Psychologist: $59,440

Social Worker: $43,040

Sports Psychologist: $54,000

Substance Abuse Counselor: $59,460

Earnings and Salaries for Psychologists in Different Settings

How much does a psychologist typically earn? While wages vary considerably based on specialty area and employment sector, you can learn more about salary averages from information provided in the Occupational Outlook Handbook. These estimates reflect averages across the entire U.S., so there will be considerable variation within each specialty area and geographic region.


While salary should never be your only consideration when choosing a career, looking at pay estimates can give you a better idea of what you might expect to find in different professions. Also, be sure to note that years of experience also plays a critical role in determining yearly salaries. New graduates just entering the field may expect to encounter lower starting salaries while more experienced professionals may be able to command much higher salaries.

Salaries for Clinical, Counseling and School Psychologists

The areas of clinical, counseling and school psychology represent three of the largest employment areas within psychology.

As of May 2015, the median annual salary for clinical, counseling and school psychologists was $70,580 per year.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salaries earned by psychologists in various professions ranged from between $59,910 to $94,590. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $41,110, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $118,310.

Salaries can vary depending upon many factors including the specific industry in which a psychologist is employed. The Occupational Outlook Handbook reports the following median annual earnings for clinical, counseling and school psychologists employed in the different industries:

  • Outpatient care centers - $70,770
  • Individual and family services - $68,440
  • Elementary and secondary schools - $74,130
  • Offices of other health practitioners - $83,230
  • Hospitals - $84,020
  • Educational support services - $75,480
  • Child day care services - $106,510
  • Offices of physicians - $83,310

Salaries for Industrial-Organizational Psychologists

Industrial-organizational psychology is one of the fastest growing specialty areas, with an expected 19 percent increase in jobs through the year 2024.

While job growth is expected in this industry, it is important to note that this is a relatively small profession and the U.S. Department of Labor suggests that this number actually translates to an increase in approximately 400 jobs over the next decade.

As of May 2014, mean annual earnings of industrial-organizational psychologists were $90,070 with a median annual salary of $76,950. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $51,970, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $145,480.

The U.S. Department of Labor also reports that in 2008, approximately 31-percent of all psychologists belonged to a union.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Psychologists,
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