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According to the BLS, school psychologists earned a median salary of $67,650 in 2012. The best-paid earned about $109,340 while the lowest-paid earned less than $38,450. Top-paying areas of the industry include business schools and computer and management training, employment services and retirement communities. The best-paid school psychologists work in Allentown, Pa., San Luis Obispo, Calif. and Boulder, Colo.

Job Salary Year
2004 $62,620.00
2006 $69,240.00
2008 $73,230.00
2010 $75,360.00
2012 $72,220.00

Average School Psychologist Pay vs. All Social Services Jobs

With a mean salary of $72,220 per year, school psychologists earn more than many other social services jobs within the education system. School counselors earn a mean annual salary of $51,690, while elementary school teachers earn $56,130 and special education teachers for middle schools earn $59,320.

Job Name Salary
School Psychologist $67,650.00
High School Teacher $55,050.00
School Counselor $53,610.00
Middle School Teacher $53,430.00
Elementary School Teacher $53,400.00

Best Paying Cities for School Psychologists

The highest paid in the school psychologist profession work in the metropolitan areas of Allentown, Pennsylvania, San Luis Obispo, California, and Boulder, Colorado. The Birmingham, Alabama area also pays well, as does the city of Bakersfield, California.

Allentown, Pennsylvania

Average Salary: $117,050 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a school psychologist working in Allentown, Pennsylvania is $117,050, which is $49,400 more than the average pay in the profession.

San Luis Obispo, California

Average Salary: $111,420 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a school psychologist working in San Luis Obispo, California is $111,420, which is $43,770 more than the average pay in the profession.

Boulder, Colorado

Average Salary: $109,260 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a school psychologist working in Boulder, Colorado is $109,260, which is $41,610 more than the average pay in the profession.

Birmingham, Alabama

Average Salary: $107,310 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a school psychologist working in Birmingham, Alabama is $107,310, which is $39,660 more than the average pay in the profession.

Bakersfield, California

Average Salary: $101,570 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a school psychologist working in Bakersfield, California is $101,570, which is $33,920 more than the average pay in the profession.

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