Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for clinical, counseling, and school psychologists in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of clinical, counseling, and school psychologists among California areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$48,420
25th Percentile Wage
$72,820
50th Percentile Wage
$94,670
75th Percentile Wage
$116,780
90th Percentile Wage
$130,110

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for clinical, counseling, and school psychologists in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $130,110. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $94,670. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $48,420.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of clinical, counseling, and school psychologists from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$94,670
3.92% 14.96%
2016
$90,960
4.32% -
2015
$87,030
7.47% -
2014
$80,530
-1.03% -
2013
$81,360
1.04% -
2012
$80,510
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of clinical, counseling, and school psychologists in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of clinical, counseling, and school psychologists in state of California ranges from $36,440 to $117,850. The highest paying area for clinical, counseling, and school psychologists in California is Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $117,850. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Salinas (mean annual salary $117,850). The lowest paying area is Chico with a median annual salary of $36,440.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$117,850
Salinas
$117,850
Vallejo-Fairfield
$117,760
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$110,840
Napa
$109,850
Madera-Chowchilla
$107,110
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$107,070
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$106,160
Hanford-Corcoran
$105,540
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$103,550
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$102,260
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$101,820
Visalia-Porterville
$99,360
El Centro
$98,850
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$97,630
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$97,410
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$95,410
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$94,640
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$92,830
Stockton
$92,660
Bakersfield-Delano
$92,040
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$91,760
Modesto
$86,720
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$86,060
Yuba City
$84,920
Fresno
$83,920
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$82,150
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$79,540
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$76,250
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$73,870
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$64,190
Redding
$60,960
Merced
$50,770
Chico
$36,440




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