Counselor and Psychologist Salary Ranges

Counselor and psychologist salaries vary. See what you’ll earn after you get your psychology degree.

psychology-salariesA psychologist’s salary varies greatly depending upon level of education and the environment in which a psychology professional practices.

Psychology salaries for doctorate-holders will average $6,000 to $8,000 more per year than those with a master’s degree. Job prospects for those holding a master’s degree in areas other than industrial-organizational psychology should expect the job field to be competitive.

Employment opportunities will increase primarily in schools, hospitals, substance abuse clinics, consulting firms and private companies. So, how much can you expect to earn as a psychiatrist, general psychologist or psychologist specializing in a particular field of psychology? Read on to find out.

Psychology Salaries by Specialty

Job Title/Specialty Median Annual Salary*
School Psychologist $68,900
Industrial/Organizational Psychologist $76,950
Clinical Psychologist $68,900

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016-17 Occupational Outlook Handbook: Clinical, Counseling and School Psychologists; Industrial-Organizational Psychologists; Psychologists.

Counselor/Therapist Salary

Job Title/Specialty Median Annual Salary*
Substance Abuse Counselor $39,270
Mental Health Counselor $40,850
Marriage and Family Therapist $48,040
Vocational Counselor $53,610
School Counselor $53,370
Rehabilitation Counselor $34,380

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016-17 Occupational Outlook Handbook: Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors; Mental Health Counselor; Marriage and Family Therapists; Educational, Guidance, School and Vocational Counselors; Rehabilitation Counselors.

Social Worker Salary

Job Title/Specialty Median Salary*
Health Care Social Worker $45,500
School Social Worker $42,120
Mental Health / Substance Abuse Social Worker $41,380

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016-17 Occupational Outlook Handbook: Social Workers.

*The salary information listed is based on a national average, unless noted. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.


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