Psychologists

Detailed Occupation

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2017 Workforce
156k
Average Age
46.4
Average Salary
$69,458
Average Male Salary
$85,369
Average Female Salary
$63,168

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 Islip Town (South) PUMA, NY but are relatively concentrated in Newton City & Brookline Town PUMA, MA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$69,458
AVERAGE SALARY
± $3,225

In 2017, Psychologists earned an average of $69,458, $13,504 more than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Physical therapists make somewhat more than Psychologists while Miscellaneous plant & system operators 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

0.334
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Psychologists had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.334, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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

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Industries by Share

156k
2017 Workforce
± 9,701
3.47%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 8.56%

The number of people employed as Psychologists has been growing at a rate of 3.47%, from 151,062 people in 2016 to 156,302 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Psychologists employed by various industries. Elementary & secondary schools employs the largest share of Psychologists at  27.5%, followed by Offices of other health practitioners with 24.5% and Outpatient care centers with 13.4%.

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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 44.6, and the most common race/ethnicity for Psychologists is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

44.3k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 5,166
112k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 8,214

71.7% of Psychologists are Female, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Psychologists.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Psychologists
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

80.4% of Psychologists are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 5.96% of Psychologists, White (Hispanic) 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 Sex

50.7
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.64
44.6
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.981

The median age of Psychologists is 46.4, and Male employees are generally 6.11 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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