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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

19-3034 School Psychologists

Diagnose and implement individual or schoolwide interventions or strategies to address educational, behavioral, or developmental issues that adversely impact educational functioning in a school. May address student learning and behavioral problems and counsel students or families. May design and implement performance plans, and evaluate performance. May consult with other school-based personnel.


National estimates for School Psychologists
Industry profile for School Psychologists
Geographic profile for School Psychologists

National estimates for School Psychologists:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for School Psychologists:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
57,110 2.1 % $ 39.80 $ 82,770 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for School Psychologists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 23.68 $ 29.84 $ 37.88 $ 48.10 $ 60.07
Annual Wage (2) $ 49,260 $ 62,070 $ 78,780 $ 100,040 $ 124,950


Industry profile for School Psychologists:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for School Psychologists are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in School Psychologists, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in School Psychologists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Elementary and Secondary Schools 48,380 0.60 $ 39.98 $ 83,160
Educational Support Services 2,250 1.15 $ 43.14 $ 89,730
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,410 0.05 $ 39.13 $ 81,380
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 1,020 0.02 $ 41.81 $ 86,970
Individual and Family Services 1,000 0.04 $ 35.70 $ 74,260

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in School Psychologists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Educational Support Services 2,250 1.15 $ 43.14 $ 89,730
Elementary and Secondary Schools 48,380 0.60 $ 39.98 $ 83,160
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 790 0.08 $ 36.59 $ 76,100
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,410 0.05 $ 39.13 $ 81,380
Individual and Family Services 1,000 0.04 $ 35.70 $ 74,260

Top paying industries for School Psychologists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians (8) (8) $ 70.64 $ 146,940
Employment Services 320 0.01 $ 45.67 $ 94,990
Educational Support Services 2,250 1.15 $ 43.14 $ 89,730
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 1,020 0.02 $ 41.81 $ 86,970
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 50 (7) $ 41.57 $ 86,460


Geographic profile for School Psychologists:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for School Psychologists are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in School Psychologists, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of school psychologists by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in School Psychologists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 8,480 0.51 1.27 $ 46.41 $ 96,530
Texas 6,690 0.55 1.35 $ 34.17 $ 71,080
New York 6,290 0.73 1.79 $ 46.94 $ 97,640
Illinois 3,380 0.60 1.48 $ 36.17 $ 75,240
Florida 2,660 0.31 0.76 $ 35.05 $ 72,910


Map of location quotient of school psychologists by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in School Psychologists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 6,290 0.73 1.79 $ 46.94 $ 97,640
Delaware 310 0.70 1.73 $ 35.69 $ 74,220
New Jersey 2,560 0.66 1.64 $ 42.58 $ 88,570
Connecticut 970 0.62 1.52 $ 43.57 $ 90,620
Illinois 3,380 0.60 1.48 $ 36.17 $ 75,240


Map of annual mean wages of school psychologists by state, May 2021


Top paying states for School Psychologists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colorado 1,190 0.45 1.12 $ 49.63 $ 103,240
New York 6,290 0.73 1.79 $ 46.94 $ 97,640
California 8,480 0.51 1.27 $ 46.41 $ 96,530
District of Columbia 240 0.37 0.91 $ 46.21 $ 96,120
Washington 1,260 0.39 0.97 $ 46.05 $ 95,780



Map of employment of school psychologists by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in School Psychologists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 6,310 0.73 1.79 $ 47.59 $ 98,980
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,670 0.63 1.56 $ 37.24 $ 77,460
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,640 0.46 1.14 $ 43.28 $ 90,010
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,900 0.66 1.62 $ 35.47 $ 73,770
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,840 0.51 1.26 $ 35.39 $ 73,600
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,350 0.52 1.29 $ 45.58 $ 94,800
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,250 0.47 1.16 $ 41.03 $ 85,340
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,120 0.38 0.94 $ 47.19 $ 98,160
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,110 0.72 1.79 $ 49.63 $ 103,230
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 960 0.43 1.06 $ 43.58 $ 90,640


Map of location quotient of school psychologists by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in School Psychologists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
St. George, UT 100 1.37 3.39 $ 27.16 $ 56,480
Modesto, CA 220 1.23 3.03 $ 54.54 $ 113,440
Merced, CA 70 1.00 2.47 $ 54.27 $ 112,890
Fresno, CA 360 0.96 2.37 $ 55.46 $ 115,360
Kingston, NY 50 0.93 2.29 $ 46.60 $ 96,930
Yuba City, CA 40 0.92 2.26 $ 50.10 $ 104,210
El Centro, CA 50 0.90 2.22 $ 55.77 $ 116,010
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 230 0.87 2.15 $ 31.78 $ 66,100
Rochester, NY 400 0.84 2.07 $ 35.14 $ 73,090
Stockton-Lodi, CA 210 0.83 2.04 $ 47.33 $ 98,450


Map of annual mean wages of school psychologists by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for School Psychologists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Boulder, CO 80 0.43 1.06 $ 55.91 $ 116,280
El Centro, CA 50 0.90 2.22 $ 55.77 $ 116,010
Fresno, CA 360 0.96 2.37 $ 55.46 $ 115,360
Modesto, CA 220 1.23 3.03 $ 54.54 $ 113,440
Merced, CA 70 1.00 2.47 $ 54.27 $ 112,890
Santa Rosa, CA 110 0.56 1.38 $ 53.96 $ 112,230
Napa, CA 30 0.47 1.16 $ 52.77 $ 109,760
Salinas, CA 90 0.51 1.25 $ 52.58 $ 109,370
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 650 0.45 1.10 $ 50.70 $ 105,450
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 30 0.74 1.83 $ 50.46 $ 104,960

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in School Psychologists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 220 0.58 1.42 $ 32.19 $ 66,960
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 150 0.62 1.53 $ 27.56 $ 57,320
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 140 0.74 1.82 $ 29.92 $ 62,220
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 120 0.46 1.14 $ 29.76 $ 61,900
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 120 0.91 2.24 $ 36.89 $ 76,740

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in School Psychologists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East-Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.95 2.35 $ 31.14 $ 64,760
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 120 0.91 2.24 $ 36.89 $ 76,740
Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 50 0.90 2.23 $ 40.31 $ 83,850
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 50 0.82 2.03 $ 35.10 $ 73,020
Big Thicket Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.77 1.89 $ 31.42 $ 65,350

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for School Psychologists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern Sierra-Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 30 0.55 1.35 $ 50.30 $ 104,620
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 30 0.27 0.67 $ 47.94 $ 99,700
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 30 0.33 0.83 $ 46.62 $ 96,980
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 40 0.37 0.92 $ 45.41 $ 94,460
North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 50 0.55 1.37 $ 44.32 $ 92,190


About May 2021 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022