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Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists Salary Information

The salary statistics of clinical, counseling, and school psychologists are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of clinical, counseling, and school psychologists within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The clinical, counseling, and school psychologists annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$41,830
25th Percentile Wage
$55,050
50th Percentile Wage
$73,270
75th Percentile Wage
$95,910
90th Percentile Wage
$120,320

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for clinical, counseling, and school psychologists. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) clinical, counseling, and school psychologists is $120,320. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $73,270. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $41,830. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 187% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of clinical, counseling, and school psychologists from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201673,2703.67%7.67%
201570,5802.38%-
201468,9001.65%-
201367,7600.16%-
201267,650--

Table 2. Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of clinical, counseling, and school psychologists in 7 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for clinical, counseling, and school psychologists occupations is the federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $82,070. The lowest paying sector is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector (annual salary $38,150).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$82,070
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$78,130
Health Care and Social Assistance
$73,970
Educational Services
$71,830
Finance and Insurance
$71,680
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$67,000
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$38,150

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists by States

From the above tables we note that not only clinical, counseling, and school psychologists salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of clinical, counseling, and school psychologists in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $39,260 to $90,960. The highest paying state for clinical, counseling, and school psychologists is California with a median annual salary of $90,960. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $39,260. For more salary information of clinical, counseling, and school psychologists profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
California
$90,960
North Dakota
$86,180
New Jersey
$86,130
New York
$85,960
Connecticut
$85,720
District of Columbia
$82,560
Delaware
$78,600
Rhode Island
$77,660
Oregon
$77,570
Alaska
$77,440
Minnesota
$75,860
South Dakota
$75,460
Colorado
$75,410
Maryland
$75,000
Virginia
$73,060
Wisconsin
$72,770
Nevada
$72,330
Massachusetts
$72,010
Illinois
$71,540
Michigan
$70,940
Ohio
$70,610
Iowa
$70,470
New Hampshire
$70,240
Maine
$69,600
Florida
$69,230
Wyoming
$69,170
Georgia
$69,100
Pennsylvania
$68,200
New Mexico
$67,700
Hawaii
$66,470
Washington
$66,400
Nebraska
$66,220
Tennessee
$65,380
Louisiana
$63,920
Idaho
$63,840
Vermont
$62,730
Kentucky
$62,190
Texas
$61,560
Arizona
$61,260
Utah
$61,220
North Carolina
$60,400
Arkansas
$59,370
Missouri
$59,020
Indiana
$59,000
Alabama
$58,840
Kansas
$58,540
South Carolina
$58,150
Montana
$54,630
West Virginia
$51,560
Mississippi
$50,760
Oklahoma
$47,770
Puerto Rico
$39,260


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