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Highest Paying Industries for Psychologists

The top 86 highest paying industries for psychologists (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $95,800, federal executive branch (oes designation) is the highest paying industry for psychologists. It is followed by federal government, including usps industry (average annual salary $95,790). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of psychologists in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 86 Highest Paying Industries for Psychologists

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$95,800
7,230
2 Federal government, including USPS
$95,790
7,250
3 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$94,810
40
4 Specialty hospitals - State government owned
$94,210
140
5 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$88,340
420
6 Manufacturing
$86,340
80
7 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$85,400
16,170
8 Federal, State, and Local Government
$85,400
16,170
9 Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$85,010
710
10 Scientific Research and Development Services
$84,830
710
11 Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$84,040
560
12 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - State government owned
$83,250
2,480
13 Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists
$83,100
520
14 Hospitals - State government owned
$82,150
2,830
15 Machinery Manufacturing
$82,000
n/a
16 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$81,990
4,120
17 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$80,870
5,590
18 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$80,580
1,250
19 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$80,420
9,740
20 Hospitals - Local government owned
$79,700
1,320
21 Hospitals - Privately owned
$79,560
5,580
22 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$79,450
290
23 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals
$78,780
3,440
24 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$77,570
1,280
25 Employment Services
$76,930
480
26 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$76,880
5,030
27 Administrative and Support Services
$75,630
560
28 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$75,630
560
29 Educational Support Services - Privately owned
$75,480
1,430
30 Business schools and computer and management training - Privately owned
$75,340
80
31 Business Schools and Computer and Management Training
$74,870
80
32 Temporary Help Services
$74,320
320
33 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$73,200
64,280
34 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$72,290
500
35 State government, including schools and hospitals
$72,140
10,780
36 Offices of All Other Health Practitioners
$72,110
290
37 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$71,530
3,910
38 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$70,850
46,250
39 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Local government owned
$70,610
39,840
40 Offices of Other Health Practitioners
$70,480
15,590
41 Educational Services - Local government owned
$70,440
41,020
42 Educational Support Services
$70,230
2,440
43 Elementary and Secondary Schools
$70,200
44,040
44 Offices of Mental Health Practitioners (except Physicians)
$69,940
14,780
45 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$69,690
420
46 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - State government owned
$69,440
220
47 Educational Services
$69,330
50,760
48 Offices of Physicians
$69,160
4,270
49 Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)
$68,400
150
50 Facilities Support Services
$68,310
70
51 Health Care and Social Assistance
$67,770
47,400
52 Ambulatory Health Care Services
$67,560
26,090
53 Educational Services - Privately owned
$67,340
6,830
54 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Privately owned
$66,770
3,730
55 Finance and Insurance
$65,650
790
56 Insurance Carriers and Related Activities
$65,410
780
57 Educational Support Services - Local government owned
$65,040
1,010
58 Insurance Carriers
$64,060
710
59 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - Privately owned
$63,180
910
60 Social Advocacy Organizations
$62,370
230
61 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$62,130
1,480
62 Direct Health and Medical Insurance Carriers
$61,880
630
63 Outpatient Care Centers
$61,340
5,810
64 Child Day Care Services
$60,940
350
65 Elementary and Secondary Schools - State government owned
$59,460
470
66 Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers
$59,430
4,880
67 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$59,350
3,850
68 Junior colleges - Local government owned
$59,310
150
69 Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations
$59,140
320
70 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$59,140
320
71 Individual and Family Services
$58,610
7,020
72 Home Health Care Services
$58,490
390
73 Social Assistance
$58,380
7,830
74 Vocational Rehabilitation Services
$57,970
240
75 Educational Services - State government owned
$57,690
2,920
76 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$57,590
2,360
77 Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability Facilities
$57,450
830
78 Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities
$56,250
1,860
79 Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities
$54,160
2,570
80 Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
$54,150
3,750
81 Other Residential Care Facilities
$52,430
1,010
82 Residential Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities
$52,140
1,740
83 Junior Colleges (including private, state, and local government schools)
$51,790
240
84 Junior colleges - State government owned
$47,460
80
85 Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services
$46,060
220
86 Civic and Social Organizations
$43,380
30