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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$42,460
25th Percentile Wage
$56,560
50th Percentile Wage
$75,090
75th Percentile Wage
$98,260
90th Percentile Wage
$123,920

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 $123,920. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $75,090. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $42,460. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 191% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
$75,090
2.42% 9.91%
2016
$73,270
3.67% -
2015
$70,580
2.38% -
2014
$68,900
1.65% -
2013
$67,760
0.16% -
2012
$67,650
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Table 2. Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of clinical, counseling, and school psychologists in 8 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 $85,850. The lowest paying sector is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector (annual salary $38,510).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$85,850
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$85,690
Finance and Insurance
$79,160
Health Care and Social Assistance
$76,520
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$76,460
Educational Services
$73,130
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$66,040
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$38,510

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 $46,240 to $94,670. The highest paying state for clinical, counseling, and school psychologists is California with a median annual salary of $94,670. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $46,240. 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
$94,670
New Jersey
$87,910
Connecticut
$86,940
New York
$86,410
North Dakota
$85,230
Oregon
$83,550
Alaska
$82,720
Hawaii
$80,060
Colorado
$79,190
Minnesota
$79,110
Nevada
$78,180
District of Columbia
$77,500
Massachusetts
$76,900
Maryland
$75,930
Virginia
$75,530
Rhode Island
$74,380
Delaware
$74,000
Wisconsin
$73,890
Pennsylvania
$73,430
New Hampshire
$72,490
South Dakota
$72,030
Michigan
$71,770
Maine
$71,430
Wyoming
$71,330
Iowa
$71,260
Florida
$70,230
Nebraska
$70,120
Illinois
$69,980
Washington
$69,570
Ohio
$69,520
Georgia
$69,010
Utah
$69,010
New Mexico
$65,670
Vermont
$65,170
Texas
$64,990
Idaho
$63,830
Tennessee
$63,150
North Carolina
$62,700
South Carolina
$61,030
Indiana
$60,600
Arizona
$60,450
Missouri
$60,210
Kentucky
$59,660
Alabama
$58,540
Arkansas
$58,310
Louisiana
$57,900
Kansas
$56,840
Montana
$55,370
West Virginia
$55,090
Mississippi
$50,760
Virgin Islands
$50,080
Oklahoma
$47,230
Puerto Rico
$46,240



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