Should you pick your degree based on future salary?

After graduation, counseling psychology graduates typically earn high salaries compared to the national average. Top earners make $61,166, while the bottom 20% make closer to $19,216. The median grad salary is $34,284.

Counseling Psychology graduate salaries over time

This chart maps the average workforce wage by years of experience:

Wage ($USD)

Wage Range Median Wage

Years of work experience

Highest paying jobs for counseling psychology graduates

The highest paying careers for counseling psychology graduates are counseling psychologist, psychologist, school counselor and marriage therapist, with top salaries averaging around $71,544.

Highest Paying Careers

Avg Pay (USD)

As per most recent US census

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