School psychologists

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
41.9k
Average Age
43.6
Average Salary
$73,177
Average Male Salary
$87,418
Average Female Salary
$70,151

About

School psychologists are most often employed by the Elementary & secondary schools industry. The average yearly wage for School psychologists was $73,177 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to School psychologists by wage are Firefighters, Agricultural & food scientists, and Biological scientists.

The top 3 locations that employ the most School psychologists are Philadelphia City (Center City) PUMA, PA, Surprise City (Central) PUMA, AZ, and LA City (Northwest/Encino & Tarzana) PUMA, CA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of School psychologists are Surprise City (Central) PUMA, AZ, Concord (South), Walnut Creek (East) & Clayton Cities PUMA, CA, and Philadelphia City (Center City) PUMA, PA.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ School psychologists and on wages and locations for those in the field. Elementary & secondary schools is the industry that employs the most School psychologists, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for School psychologists, by average wage, is Management, scientific & technical consulting services. School psychologists are paid most in Lake View & Lincoln Park PUMA, IL but are relatively concentrated in Surprise City (Central) PUMA, AZ.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$73,177
AVERAGE SALARY
± $5,306

In 2020, School psychologists earned an average of $73,177, $17,223 more than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Firefighters make somewhat more than School psychologists while Biological scientists make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to School psychologists as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.299
WAGE GINI

In 2019, School psychologists had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.299, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for School 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 School 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 School psychologists.

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Industries

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Industries by Share

41.9k
2020 Workforce
± 5,025
6.97%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 16.1%

The number of people employed as School psychologists has been growing at a rate of 6.97%, from 39,166 people in 2019 to 41,896 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of School psychologists employed by various industries. Elementary & secondary schools employs the largest share of School psychologists at  71.8%, followed by Offices of other health practitioners with 10.1% and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals with 4.73%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on School psychologists in the US. The average age of male School psychologists in the workforce is 47.2 and of female School psychologists is 42.9, and the most common race/ethnicity for School psychologists is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

7.34k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 2,104
34.6k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 4,563

82.5% of School psychologists are Female, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of School psychologists.

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Race & Ethnicity

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

80.5% of School psychologists are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 6.59% of School psychologists, White (Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of School psychologists.

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Age by Sex

47.2
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 3.85
42.9
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.6

The median age of School psychologists is 43.6, and Male employees are generally 4.31 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

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