School psychologists are below average when it comes to happiness.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, school psychologists rate their career happiness 3.0 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 34% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy school psychologists are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Urban planner
3.1
$74k
Teacher
3.0
$42k
Kindergarten teacher
3.0
$57k
High school teacher
3.0
$59k
School psychologist
3.0
$78k
Elementary school teacher
2.9
$55k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are school psychologists happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do school psychologists find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as school psychologists?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are school psychologist’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are school psychologists making the best use of their abilities?

Are school psychologists happy with their salary?