What kind of salary can you expect if you choose a psychology career? There are many variables that will impact your salary, starting with whether you decide to become a psychologist or a counselor. Other factors include your specialty, the amount of experience you have, and the area where you live and work.
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This salary guide is designed to help you decide which psychology career is right for you. In addition to providing a breakdown of the average salary for several psychology and counseling specialties, we provide you with an overview of the job responsibilities, education, training, and employment outlook for each specialty.
Average Salaries for Psychologists
The average annual salary for a psychologist depends on many factors. For example, psychologists practicing in areas of the country where the cost of living is high tend to make more money. Other factors that impact salary include experience, level of education, and specialty. As you can see from the chart below, the average salary can be quite a bit higher or lower depending on the specialty you choose.
Average Salaries for Psychologists by Specialization
Average Salaries for Counselors
Just as there are many types of psychologists, there are also many types of counselors. The chart below shows average annual earnings nationwide for several counseling specialties. School counselors and guidance counselors are the top earners in this category.
Average Salaries for Counselors by Specialization
Substance Abuse Counselor
Marriage and Family Therapist
National Salary for Psychologists
According to Bls.gov, the following states and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are listed below.