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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Psychologist Salary

$84,572 yearly
To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More

$40.66 hourly

Entry level Salary
$54,000 yearly
$54,000
10 %
$84,572
Median
$132,000
90 %

How much does a Psychologist make?

Psychologists make $84,572 per year on average, or $40.66 per hour, in the United States. Psychologists on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $54,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $132,000.

Location impacts how much a psychologist can expect to make. Psychologists make the most in Massachusetts, California, Vermont, Connecticut, and New Hampshire.

Highest Paying States For Psychologists

The darker areas on the map show where psychologists earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Psychologist average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1California$106,467$51.19660
2Oklahoma$88,082$42.3569
3Massachusetts$110,406$53.08107
4New Jersey$97,615$46.93120
5Maryland$89,075$42.82144
6Connecticut$101,585$48.8442
7New York$87,710$42.17273
8Washington$83,723$40.25134
9New Hampshire$98,288$47.2518
10Vermont$102,669$49.363
11Illinois$77,181$37.11290
12Nevada$77,924$37.4633
13Louisiana$88,569$42.5831
14Pennsylvania$77,908$37.46172
15Colorado$79,672$38.30104
16Wisconsin$73,353$35.27115
17Oregon$77,764$37.3978
18Virginia$81,490$39.18122
19Alabama$85,232$40.9813
20Delaware$74,486$35.8132
21Rhode Island$77,762$37.3913
22Ohio$72,898$35.05113
23Texas$75,642$36.37211
24Georgia$73,715$35.44139
25Arkansas$74,007$35.5815
26Michigan$72,554$34.8890
27Nebraska$70,284$33.7946
28Arizona$72,541$34.88104
29Minnesota$73,229$35.21113
30Wyoming$69,570$33.4511
31New Mexico$71,921$34.5828
32North Dakota$68,193$32.7915
33Hawaii$60,274$28.9816
34District of Columbia$72,075$34.6524
35Kansas$70,979$34.1222
36Indiana$69,092$33.2286
37Idaho$71,937$34.5912
38Tennessee$69,662$33.4930
39South Carolina$66,443$31.9477
40Missouri$69,428$33.3872
41North Carolina$65,227$31.36166
42Maine$68,316$32.8414
43Utah$69,558$33.4425
44Florida$69,224$33.28130
45Mississippi$68,018$32.7011
46Montana$56,908$27.3617
47South Dakota$58,789$28.2614
48Alaska$46,519$22.3611
49Iowa$63,126$30.3520
50West Virginia$60,303$28.999
51Kentucky$57,591$27.6930

Highest Paying Cities For Psychologists

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Worcester, MA$110,747$53.24
2San Francisco, CA$110,362$53.06
3Baltimore, MD$89,639$43.10
4Oklahoma City, OK$88,828$42.71
5New York, NY$87,876$42.25
6Olympia, WA$87,154$41.90
7Pueblo, CO$82,887$39.85
8Corvallis, OR$80,123$38.52
9Philadelphia, PA$78,657$37.82
10Blacksburg, VA$77,979$37.49
11Chicago, IL$77,441$37.23
12Austin, TX$76,028$36.55
13Rochester, MN$73,811$35.49
14Atlanta, GA$73,591$35.38
15Detroit, MI$73,034$35.11

Psychologist Salary Details

Psychologist Salary

What is a Psychologist's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$132,000$11,000$63
75th Percentile$107,000$8,917$51
Average$84,572$7,048$41
25th Percentile$66,000$5,500$32
10th Percentile$54,000$4,500$26

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Psychotherapist$61,321$5,110$29.4820,520
Clinical Psychologist$97,124$8,094$46.6969,762
Forensic Psychologist$78,271$6,523$37.6311,802
School Psychologist$80,852$6,738$38.8725,457
Health Psychologist$77,526$6,461$37.2758,741

Which Companies Pay Psychologists The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, Sutter Health and County of San Joaquin, CA are the highest paying companies for psychologists.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1Sutter Health$113,350$54.5040
2County of San Joaquin, CA$110,201$52.98
3Mount Sinai Health System$107,403$51.6417
4United Health Centers Of The San Joaquin Valley$105,517$50.731
5Yale New Haven Health$104,344$50.171
6UC Santa Barbara$100,726$48.43
7Boston Medical Center$97,957$47.0950
8Nationwide Children's Hospital$96,879$46.588
9Cook Children's Medical Center$94,981$45.666
10Phoenix Children's$94,577$45.478
11University Hospitals$94,522$45.442
12KPG$92,932$44.685
13Mayo Clinic$92,515$44.4813
14Intermountain Healthcare$88,976$42.7818
15PeaceHealth$88,744$42.675
16Univ. Of Texas Cancer Ctr.$88,140$42.38
17Dartmouth-Hitchcock$87,991$42.305
18UPMC$87,265$41.9513
19University of California, Berkeley$86,008$41.3524
20Miriam Hospital$85,649$41.187

Psychologist Salary Trends

Average Psychologist Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Psychologist Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$84,600$40.66+3.8%
    2021$81,400$39.13+1.0%
    2020$80,600$38.73+3.0%
    2019$78,100$37.57+2.1%
    2018$76,500$36.79+1.2%

    Recently Added Psychologist Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionPsychologistDowne, NJ06/02/2022$111,000
    Lifestance HealthPsychologist-Competitive PayGeorgetown, KY06/01/2022$113,000
    Lifestance HealthPsychologist-Competitive PayManchester, NH06/01/2022$145,000
    Lifestance HealthPsychologist-Top Market PayPhiladelphia, PA06/01/2022$110,000
    Compass Health NetworkPsychologistRaymore, MO06/01/2022$87,381
    Lifestance HealthPsychologist-Annual Stock AwardColumbus, OH06/01/2022$120,000
    Medical Associates ClinicPsychologist (PH.D or Psy.D.)Dubuque, IA05/31/2022$100,000
    Lifestance HealthPsychologist-Outpatient-No Weekends-Hybrid-Flexible ScheduleEugene, OR05/31/2022$110,000
    Lifestance HealthPsychologist-Competitive PayBaltimore, MD05/31/2022$110,800
    Lifestance HealthPsychologist-Top Market PayPortland, ME05/31/2022$145,000

    Psychologist Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Psychologists the most?

    Massachusetts pays Psychologists the most in the United States, with an average salary of $110,406 per year, or $53.08 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as a Psychologist?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Psychologist if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in California you should be paid close to $106,467 per year.

    What type of Psychologist gets paid the most?

    Clinical Psychologist gets paid the most. Clinical Psychologist made a median salary of $97,123. The best-paid 10 percent make $120,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $78,000.

    How much money does the average psychologist make?

    The average psychologist makes $87,962 a year. The range in pay for a psychologist is very long. Starting as low as $56,000 a year to as high as $210,000 a year. Factors such as your location and the field of psychology all impact how much a psychologist can earn.

    What field of psychology makes the most money?

    Psychiatry is the field of psychology that makes the most money. Psychiatry is one of the highest paying fields in psychology, averaging over $200,000 per year. Psychiatry is considered a medical career, which means it requires the completion of both medical school and a residency program.

    What is the average salary of a psychologist with a Ph.D.?

    The average salary of a psychologist with a Ph.D. is $106,300 a year. There is a considerable range typically between $95,648 and $119,377 annually in how much a psychologist can make. Factors such as the field you're in and your location.

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