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 $73,270
Industrial/Organizational Psychologist $82,760
Clinical Psychologist $73,270

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2018-19 Occupational Outlook Handbook: Clinical, Counseling and School Psychologists; Industrial-Organizational Psychologists; Psychologists.

Counselor/Therapist Salary

Job Title/Specialty Median Annual Salary*
Substance Abuse Counselor $41,070
Mental Health Counselor $42,840
Marriage and Family Therapist $49,170
Vocational Counselor $54,560
School Counselor $54,560
Rehabilitation Counselor $34,670

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2018-19 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 $53,760
School Social Worker $43,250
Mental Health / Substance Abuse Social Worker $42,700

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2018-19 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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