Careers in Psychology : Average Income of Psychologists

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June 2, 2011

Careers in Psychology : Average Income of Psychologists

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The average income of a psychologist is largely dependent on the type of work they do and the setting, but in general, psychologists can expect to make between 000 and 000 a year. Find out how longevity can affect a psychologist’s salary with help from a licensed mental health counselor in this free video on psychology. Expert: John Bosworth Bio: John Bosworth is a licensed mental health counselor who specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression, substance abuse, chronic pain and stress management. Filmmaker: Christopher Rokosz
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26 Responses to “Careers in Psychology : Average Income of Psychologists”

  1. countryboyak Says:

    thank you so much.You have been very helpful.

  2. ThouShaltNotComment Says:

    is the income per month?
    like 50k per month?

  3. TheBratcat1 Says:

    @Soullight86 🙁 so a therapist is better than Clinical Psychologist? So you prefer Therapist.
    I am really glad your telling me information. Because I’m 16 almost 17. and next year will be my final year for school. My biggest wish is helping people in my future. I want to help people so badly! I feel I’m born to help. & you have experiences. so your a Psychologist? 🙂

  4. Soullight86 Says:

    @TheBratcat1 You are speaking about a therapists job, they see clients who come to them for help, having personal problems in their lives and want to change. Clinical psychologists mostly work in hospitals where patients do not even believe they are ill and are not amenable to change. It can be quite difficult, I have worked in that setting myself. If you want a fulfilling job – psychology is not the route you should take.

  5. TheBratcat1 Says:

    @Soullight86 I know that it’s allot more to it.. 🙂 but who said they don’t want to be helped? then why are they coming if they don’t want to be helped? yes, sometimes some are forced but even doctors have patients who don’t want to be helped but they are forced to come.

    are you a psychologist?

  6. Soullight86 Says:

    @TheBratcat1 I felt that way when I started but there is alot more to it. Try helping people who don’t want to be helped.. Its not enjoyable..

  7. Soullight86 Says:

    @100sapphireblue Too true

  8. Soullight86 Says:

    @mrthunderelk Anyone who actually ends up becoming a fully trained clinical psychologist is not purely motivated by money and can’t be.. Before they get to that end stage with a job they actually like that pays well they have to work in lots of areas they may not want to work in.. lots of emotionally draining and painful work, not to mention the years and years of study and student loans.. (It can take 10-15 years to earn a big salary)

  9. hottiendsexy Says:

    Yes and no. It depends on where you live. Most Psychologists make between $50,000-$75,000 but with a Ph.D, you can make as much as $105,000. And that is if you live in a city. In rural areas, it would be a lot less, obviously.

  10. Movezzzzzz Says:


  11. Deimos69r Says:

    My history/psychology teachers tell me that there’s no money in psychology. This REALLY worries me as it sounds like psychologists needs a marketing aspect and focus a little on competition. So what’s the real deal? Do you need to get a PhD to avoid this??

  12. 100sapphireblue Says:

    A psychologist goes to school for 8-10 years. They do 2 years of free work under the fancy titles of pre and post doc. Licensing exams are very expensive and demand investment of months of study. Once all the requirements have been satisfied and a psychologist is licensed to work, he or she is deeply in debt which takes many years to pay off. Helping people is great, but earning an income is a must. That’s just the reality of it.

  13. Tsukidra Says:

    im kind of scared to live now, I have to market myself now? I’m bad at business!

  14. NaturalNeuron Says:

    His comments are accurate about salaries. He is not representative mostly because he is male. Check this video, it hits the nail on the head: v=9ZaLipDgFZQ

  15. Christianaalborg Says:

    Wow.. He is very clever…. What about focusing on people instead?

  16. brightsocks1997 Says:

    my first career choice was something in the arts or English, I got 100% on 3 things. musical, linguistic, and personal toward others. I relized that I couldn’t do that well in musical because everyone wanted musical and I would not find a job. not much you can do with linguistic unless you get a huge main degree of some other thing. I found out about psychologists and it opened up. I love counciling and mediation. I also love finding out how minds work and why someone thinks one thing. happy m

  17. PsychLabGo4 Says:

    Iam going to grad school soon and I work in a Psych Lab. I think that most all people in psych want to “help” people, but getting a doctorate means more: studying, education sacrifice on the student’s part, and paying back the loans, so making money at what you love to do isn’t really working in the end. The amount of money you spend for your education needs to be re-payed to the government, and having security for yourself and family is the icing on the cake!

  18. TheBratcat1 Says:

    I made my choice that when I go to University I want to study Phsycology.
    But to be honest, I want this career to HELP people. Not just money.
    my goal is to help people and try heal them from their inner pain or sadness or stuff like that. Not just for the money.

  19. psych321 Says:

    While some of these figures are close, there is a much higher level that is possible to earn as a doctoral level psychologist in private practice. With 30 years in private work I easily double the levels described. i am also not in a major metro area. As always, this is dependent on the skill level you can consistently produce on a daily basis. While I never primarily did this work to reach a particular level of income, it is an important part of any workers life.

  20. JiangxenPeter Says:

    @Danyanz I presume you mean Clinical or cognitive neuro-psychology in practice rather than research. In the UK there is high demand for clinical psychologist with the NHS, & salaries can rise to over £100K for top consultants. Business psych is about how humans interface with work most efficiently. Much of Bus or Occupational/Industrial psy is about personnel selection & compatibility with jobs. Pay is from £30K to £100K+ depending on employer. Best to check out some websites, eg &c

  21. Danyanz Says:

    hi im an undergraduate just wanted to know
    1. more about steady jobs available for cognitive psychology
    2. how psychology can be used in businesses and is the pay good?

  22. WarrenAch Says:

    For those interested, FBI/CIA Clinical Psychologist job salaries usually start at $80,000/year to reach $155,000/year after experience is built.

    Owning a practice will definitely bring in more money, it’s not uncommon to see Clinical Psychologists billing 300$/hour, instrumentation cost is relatively low and demand is constantly increasing, if you have entrepreuneurship/business mindset skills, this may be the job for you.

  23. xXTaylorXx94 Says:

    I hear it makes you sad, but how do you expect you will react to your new found sadness? i hope your not having dark thoughts XD

    I am either concidering this or architecture, both i love so much, so i thought maybe the income would help me descide lol, which would pay more? this m guessing?

  24. ONA5252 Says:

    @porkypine8974 I’m hoping for a day when people won’t use money anymore

  25. JiangxenPeter Says:

    @daytona0101 It’s not as simple as Les..42 says. Psychology is about problem solving. Assessment, first, uses psychological methodologies including psychometrics, observation etc etc. The problem is thus analysed and consulted on using systems, choice etc theories intermeshed with POSITIVE Psychology to EMPOWER the problem-owner(s) to change things for better. It may involve action research etc. Psychotherapy is directly helping clients to change feelings, thoughts and behaviours in themselves.

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