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Psychologist salary in United States

How much does a Psychologist make in the United States?

Average base salary

$118,677
Non-cash benefit
401(k)
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The average salary for a psychologist is $118,677 per year in the United States. 3.5k salaries reported, updated at September 13, 2022

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Salaries by years of experience in the United States

Years of experiencePer year
Less than 1 year
1 to 2 years
3 to 5 years
6 to 9 years
More than 10 years
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Top companies for Psychologists in United States

  1. BestNest Management
    4.5star
    16 reviews12 salaries reported
    $289,244per year
  2. $266,529per year
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Highest paying cities for Psychologists near United States

  1. San Francisco, CA
    $145,285 per year
    26 salaries reported
  2. New York, NY
    $137,680 per year
    83 salaries reported
  3. Washington, DC
    $137,453 per year
    13 salaries reported
  1. Los Angeles, CA
    $130,366 per year
    32 salaries reported
  2. Chicago, IL
    $128,910 per year
    30 salaries reported
  3. Philadelphia, PA
    $125,373 per year
    13 salaries reported
  1. Portland, OR
    $123,893 per year
    23 salaries reported
  2. Dallas, TX
    $123,864 per year
    28 salaries reported
  3. Tampa, FL
    $118,012 per year
    15 salaries reported
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Where can a Psychologist earn more?

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Best-paid skills and qualifications for Psychologists

Most recommended certification

BC/BE(earn +18.95% more)

The jobs requiring this certification have increase by 21.23% since 2018. Psychologists with this certification earn +18.95% more than the average base salary, which is $118,677 per year.

Job Trend
YearNumber of job openings on Indeed requiring this certificationChange from previous year
2012887increase by 887
20133033increase by 241.94%
20144502increase by 48.43%
20152228decrease by 50.51%
20163628increase by 62.84%
20172932decrease by 19.18%
20183137increase by 6.99%
20193803increase by 21.23%

Top companies hiring Psychologists with the recommended certification

US Department of Veterans Affairs
OLV Human Services
Beaumont Health
Bancroft
Veterans Evaluation Services
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Top specialties
Genetics & Genomics
+96.23%salary
Top licenses
Medical License
+29.12%salary

More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

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Most common benefits for Psychologists

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Continuing education credits
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Loan forgiveness
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Paid sick time
  • Paid time off
  • Paid training
  • Parental leave
  • Professional development assistance
  • Referral program
  • Relocation assistance
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance
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Salary satisfaction

Based on 85 ratings

49% of Psychologists in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area.

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How much do similar professions get paid in United States?

Clinical Psychologist

22,280 job openings

Average $117,892 per year

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Common questions about salaries for a Psychologist

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