What Are the Best Paying Psychology Jobs?
Your area of specialization is one of the factors that can influence how much you'll make as a psychologist. Some high-paying jobs include industrial-organizational psychologist, school psychologist, clinical psychologist and counseling psychologist. Keep reading to find out how much you could make in each of these jobs. Schools offering Psychology degrees can also be found in these popular choices.
In industrial-organizational psychology, you would work with individuals in the workplace, in such areas as job applicant screening, productivity enhancement and organizational development. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported in May 2013 that most of these professionals worked in the following industries: management, scientific and technical consulting services; state government; and scientific research and development services (www.bls.gov).
The BLS reported that industrial-organizational psychologists were paid a median wage of $80,330 in May 2013. Out of the top three industries of scientific research and development services offered the highest average wage of $110,700, while state government offered the lowest average wage of $73,410. The BLS notes that Massachusetts had the highest employment level and paid these professionals $80,010 on average. Texas, which had an average wage of $125,830, was listed as the top-paying state.
School psychologists work with teachers, other school personnel, parents and students to determine the best ways to teach students who have learning or behavior issues or exceptionalities. The BLS reported that elementary and secondary schools employed most of these professionals in 2013, while some worked for offices of health practitioners, outpatient care centers, state government and individual and family services.
In April 2014, PayScale.com reported that school psychologists earned a median wage of $52,981, with most making between $38,659 and $80,283. However, entry-level professionals reported a lower median wage of $49,073 and an overall salary range of $35,525-$69,554. The BLS reported in May 2013 that clinical, counseling and school psychologists working in elementary and secondary schools earned an average wage of $71,840, while those working in scientific research and development services earned a much higher average wage of $91,990.
According to the BLS, clinical psychologists make up the largest specialty group in the field of psychology. As a clinical psychologist, you would help patients who suffer from mental disorders. You might practice a subspecialty, such as health psychology, geropsychology, child psychology or neuropsychology.
PayScale.com reported that clinical psychologists earned a median salary of $68,453 in April 2014. Most earned between $41,283 and $101,013. On the other hand, entry-level clinical psychologists reported a median wage of $60,965 and a salary range of $39,185-$86,096. The BLS reported that clinical, counseling and school psychologists working in psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals earned $77,050 on average in May 2013, while those working in other specialty hospitals earned $86,070 on average.
As a counseling psychologist, you'd work with clients to maintain good mental health and provide help with everyday problems as well as social, mental or physical disorders. According to PayScale.com, counseling psychologists earned a median wage of $48,782 in April 2014, with most salaries ranging from $31,660-$88,084. Clinical, counseling and school psychologists working in individual and family services earned $66,620 on average in May 2013, according to the BLS. Those working in the offices of other health practitioners earned an average wage of $80,600, while those employed by outpatient care centers made $66,750 on average.
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