Psychologist earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Psychologist salary by state

State Name Average Salary
California $46,840
New York $33,280

How much does a Psychologist earn? reports the national psychologists salary average to be $67,000 as of April 17, 2015. The HR Report data from, however, states that as of April 2015, the median salary for psychologists in the U.S. is $88,120. varies from and the BLS by almost $19,000 which is most likely due to the fact that uses real-time survey feedback. All reported salary averages are dependent on the sample size and the demographic and geographic spread of the respondents.

As with other careers, the best psychology salaries generally go to those with the most experience. has reported the average national salaries for psychologists with various years of experience:

Less than 1 year: $69,315
1-4 years: $80,911
5-9 years: $86,634
10-19 years: $106,374
20 years or more: $120,877

Psychologists Compensation by Geographical Region

Where psychologists choose to work will play a big part in determining how much they’ll earn. For instance, in New York City, salaries for qualified psychologists are typically much higher than in rural locations, such as Lincoln, Nebraska. However, when considering location, individuals must also take into account the cost of living. The cost of living in New York City is much higher than it is Lincoln, Nebraska.

How do psychologist salaries compare to similar careers?

Psychologists earn 10% less than similar careers in California. On average, they make less than registered nurses but more than licensed practical nurses.

Career Median Salary
Registered nurse salary $83K
Scientist salary $45K
Health educator salary $44K
Nurse salary $59K
Physical therapist salary $73K
Psychologist salary $47K
Medical and clinical laboratory technician salary $41K
Urban planner salary $47K
Optician salary $36K
Licensed practical nurse salary $48K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)