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Psychologists Salary in Sector of Health Care and Social Assistance

The salary statistics of psychologists in the industry sector of health care and social assistance are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare psychologists salaries in different industries within the health care and social assistance sector.

Average Annual Salary of Psychologists

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$38,080
25th Percentile Wage
$51,750
50th Percentile Wage
$74,640
75th Percentile Wage
$101,770
90th Percentile Wage
$131,030

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for psychologists in the industry sector of health care and social assistance. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) psychologists is $131,030. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $74,640. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid psychologists is $38,080.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of psychologists in the industry sector of health care and social assistance from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201674,6406.24%12.33%
201569,9803.16%-
201467,7703.28%-
201365,5500.17%-
201265,440--

Compare Psychologists Salary in Different Industries within the Health Care and Social Assistance Sector

The average salaries of psychologists in 38 industries in the health care and social assistance sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for psychologists occupations is the specialty hospitals - state government owned industry with an annual salary $103,110. The lowest paying industry is the residential mental health and substance abuse facilities industry (annual salary $54,520). For detailed psychologists salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Specialty hospitals - State government owned
$103,110
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$92,310
Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$91,390
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - State government owned
$86,660
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$86,410
Hospitals - State government owned
$85,610
Hospitals - Local government owned
$85,100
Offices of All Other Health Practitioners
$84,290
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$83,950
All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$83,950
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)
$83,660
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$82,130
Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$81,740
Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists
$81,460
Offices of Physicians
$80,860
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$80,700
Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities
$80,620
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals
$79,000
Hospitals - Privately owned
$78,140
Offices of Other Health Practitioners
$76,010
Ambulatory Health Care Services
$75,870
Offices of Mental Health Practitioners (except Physicians)
$75,670
Home Health Care Services
$75,060
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly
$74,760
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - State government owned
$72,710
Outpatient Care Centers
$71,670
Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers
$66,800
Individual and Family Services
$66,220
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability Facilities
$65,170
Social Assistance
$64,700
Child Day Care Services
$62,940
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - Privately owned
$62,720
Other Residential Care Facilities
$60,280
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
$59,690
Vocational Rehabilitation Services
$59,140
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities
$58,640
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services
$56,460
Residential Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities
$54,520

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].



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