Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Clinical and Counseling Psychologists currently employed in San Diego-Carlsbad is 1,050.
  • Clinical and Counseling Psychologists in San Diego-Carlsbad earn an average of $136,630 per year or $65.69 per hour.
  • The percentage of California Clinical and Counseling Psychologists who work in San Diego-Carlsbad is less than 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Clinical and Counseling Psychologists who work in San Diego-Carlsbad is 2%.

Rankings for San Diego-Carlsbad

  • Ranks #1 in California for salary and #2 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #3 in California for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #2 in the nation for salary and #4 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #8 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to California

San Diego-Carlsbad Clinical and Counseling Psychologists earn an average of $136,630 or $65.69 per hour which is 11% more than the California average salary of $122,790.

AverageSan Diego-CarlsbadCalifornia% Difference
Hourly Wage$65.69$59.0311.28%
Annual Salary$136,630$122,79011.27%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

San Diego-Carlsbad Clinical and Counseling Psychologists earn an average of $136,630 or $65.69 per hour which is 37% more than the U.S. average salary of $99,640.

AverageSan Diego-CarlsbadU.S.%
Hourly Wage$65.69$47.9037.14%
Annual Salary$136,630$99,64037.12%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Salary Adjusted for Cost-of-Living

When adjusted for cost-of-living, Clinical and Counseling Psychologists in San Diego-Carlsbad earns an average annual salary of $120,496 which compares to the California average annual salary of $122,790. per year.

Cost-of-living in San Diego-Carlsbad is 13% higher than the California average, which means San Diego-Carlsbad residents have an overall higher cost for food, housing, utilities and transportation compared to California average.

  • California average salary is $122,790.
  • California cost-of-living adjusted salary is $111,243.
  • San Diego-Carlsbad average salary is $136,630.
  • San Diego-Carlsbad cost-of-living adjusted salary is $120,496.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
San Diego-Carlsbad$136,630113.39%$120,496
California$122,790110.38%$111,243
U.S.$99,640$99,640
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Salary Ranges for Education and Experience

In San Diego-Carlsbad, 50% of Clinical and Counseling Psychologists earn between $96,640 and $160,850 a year, depending on factors such as level of education, experience, location and place of employment.

About 10% of Clinical and Counseling Psychologists earn more than $0, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Clinical and Counseling Psychologists.

Approximately 10% of Clinical and Counseling Psychologists earn under $66,940, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Clinical and Counseling Psychologists.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year105Under $66,940
15%2 – 4 years158$66,940 – $96,640
25%5 – 9 years262$96,640 – $132,320
25%10 – 14 years262$132,320 – $160,850
15%15 – 20 years158$132,320 – $0
10%20+ years105Above $0
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Salary Compared to Related Professions

Clinical and Counseling Psychologists tend to earn more than Marriage and Family Therapists ($52,340), Substance Abuse Counselors ($53,090), Social Workers ($59,790), Health Care Social Workers ($76,400), School Psychologists ($97,320), Forensic Psychologists ($105,610), and Psychology Teachers ($110,410).

TitleAnnual Salary
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$136,630
Psychology Teachers$110,410
Forensic Psychologists$105,610
School Psychologists$97,320
Health Care Social Workers$76,400
Social Workers$59,790
Substance Abuse Counselors$53,090
Marriage and Family Therapists$52,340
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for San Diego-Carlsbad Clinical and Counseling Psychologists

The number of Clinical and Counseling Psychologists currently employed in San Diego-Carlsbad is 1,050.

Clinical and Counseling Psychologists earn an average of $136,630 per year or $65.69 per hour in San Diego-Carlsbad.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in San Diego-Carlsbad Clinical and Counseling Psychologists earn an average of $120,496 per year or $58 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in San Diego-Carlsbad are Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($136,630), Psychology Teachers($110,410), Forensic Psychologists($105,610).


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