Psychologists

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Total Workforce

167k

Average Age

45.6

Estimated Job Growth

13.8%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$70,636

Average Male Salary

$89,349

Average Female Salary

$63,713

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Psychologists and on wages and locations for those in the field. Elementary & secondary schools is the industry that employs the most Psychologists, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Psychologists, by average wage, is Management, scientific & technical consulting services. Psychologists are paid most in Arlington County (North) PUMA, VA but are relatively concentrated in Huntington Town (North) PUMA, NY.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$70,636

AVERAGE SALARY

± $3,242

In 2017, Psychologists earned an average of $70,636, $18,571 more than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Physical therapists make somewhat more than Psychologists while Audiologists make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Psychologists as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.344

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Psychologists had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.344, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Psychologists (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Psychologists.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Psychologists.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Psychologists, by number of employees, are Elementary & secondary schools, Offices of other health practitioners, and Hospitals.

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Industries by Share

167k

2017 Workforce

± 10,030

2.84%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 8.31%

The number of people employed as Psychologists has been growing at a rate of 2.84%, from 162,471 people in 2016 to 167,089 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Psychologists employed by various industries. Elementary & secondary schools employs the largest share of Psychologists at  27.4%, followed by Offices of other health practitioners with 25.1% and Hospitals with 12.6%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Psychologists in the US. The average age of male Psychologists in the workforce is 50.7 and of female Psychologists is 43.8, and the most common race/ethnicity for Psychologists is White.

Gender Composition

45.1k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 5,214

122k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 8,571

73% of Psychologists are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Psychologists.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Psychologists

  1. White

  2. Black

  3. Asian

85.8% of Psychologists are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 6.79% of Psychologists, Black is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Psychologists.

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Age by Gender

50.7

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 1.62

43.8

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 0.932

The median age of Psychologists is 45.6, and Male employees are generally 6.91 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Psychologists from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Psychologists is Psychology but a relatively high number of Psychologists hold a major in Psychology.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Psychologists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Psychologists need many skills, but most especially . The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Psychologists need more than the average amount of .

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Psychologists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Psychologists are expected to see a growth of 13.8% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow higher than the national average.

Job Growth

13.8%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Psychologists. This profession is expected to grow faster than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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