How much does a Psychologist make in the United States?

Average Psychologist Yearly Salary in the United States

Psychologists earn an average yearly salary of $50,539. Salaries typically start from $19,872 and go up to $114,040.

Average Psychologist Hourly Wage in the United States

Psychologists earn an average hourly wage of $24.30. Hourly wages typically start from $9.55 and go up to $54.83.

Source: Sokanu (Aggregated)

These numbers may vary depending on several factors, like level of education, amount of experience, industry, company size and location.

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Indeed.com reports the national psychologists salary average to be $67,000 as of April 17, 2015. The HR Report data from Salary.com, however, states that as of April 2015, the median salary for psychologists in the U.S. is $88,120. Salary.com varies from Indeed.com and the BLS by almost $19,000 which is most likely due to the fact that Salary.com uses real-time survey feedback. All reported salary averages are dependent on the sample size and the demographic and geographic spread of the respondents.

As with other careers, the best psychology salaries generally go to those with the most experience. Payscale.com has reported the average national salaries for psychologists with various years of experience:

Less than 1 year: $69,315
1-4 years: $80,911
5-9 years: $86,634
10-19 years: $106,374
20 years or more: $120,877

Psychologists Compensation by Geographical Region

Where psychologists choose to work will play a big part in determining how much they’ll earn. For instance, in New York City, salaries for qualified psychologists are typically much higher than in rural locations, such as Lincoln, Nebraska. However, when considering location, individuals must also take into account the cost of living. The cost of living in New York City is much higher than it is Lincoln, Nebraska.

Employment Type Mix

54%
Full-Time
46%
Part-Time

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Salary Satisfaction

3.2
SCORE
701
RATINGS
Psychologists average a score of 3.2 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places Psychologists in the 65th percentile of salary satisfaction.

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Psychologist Earnings by Seniority

Top End Psychologist Earnings

The highest earning Psychologists in the United States earn:

$54.83
an hour
$114,040
per year
Senior Psychologist Earnings

Senior Psychologists in the United States earn:

$32.05
an hour
$66,670
per year
Experienced Psychologist Earnings

Experienced Psychologists in the United States earn:

$19.23
an hour
$40,000
per year
Junior Psychologist Earnings

Junior Psychologists in the United States earn:

$13.00
an hour
$27,040
per year
Starting Psychologist Earnings

Starting Psychologists in the United States earn:

$9.55
an hour
$19,872
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Psychologist Salary Comparison

Psychologists earn more than 43% percent of similar careers in the United States.

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Source: Sokanu (Aggregated)

Psychologist salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Psychologist Salary in California $34.25 $71,245.5 # 1
Psychologist Salary in United States $24.30 $50,538.7 # 2