Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Clinical and Counseling Psychologists currently employed in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande is 180.
  • Clinical and Counseling Psychologists in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande earn an average of $120,760 per year or $58.06 per hour.
  • The percentage of California Clinical and Counseling Psychologists who work in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande is less than 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Clinical and Counseling Psychologists who work in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande is less than 1%.

Rankings for San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande

  • Ranks #7 in California for salary and #10 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #9 in California for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #16 in the nation for salary and #15 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #54 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to California

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande Clinical and Counseling Psychologists earn an average of $120,760 or $58.06 per hour which is 1% less than the California average salary of $122,790.

AverageSan Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo GrandeCalifornia% Difference
Hourly Wage$58.06$59.03-1.64%
Annual Salary$120,760$122,790-1.65%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande Clinical and Counseling Psychologists earn an average of $120,760 or $58.06 per hour which is 21% more than the U.S. average salary of $99,640.

AverageSan Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo GrandeU.S.%
Hourly Wage$58.06$47.9021.21%
Annual Salary$120,760$99,64021.20%
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 Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande earns an average annual salary of $110,253 which compares to the California average annual salary of $122,790. per year.

Cost-of-living in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande is 10% higher than the California average, which means San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande 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 Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande average salary is $120,760.
  • San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande cost-of-living adjusted salary is $110,253.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande$120,760109.53%$110,253
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 Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, 50% of Clinical and Counseling Psychologists earn between $105,120 and $133,800 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 $133,800, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Clinical and Counseling Psychologists.

Approximately 10% of Clinical and Counseling Psychologists earn under $91,410, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Clinical and Counseling Psychologists.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year18Under $91,410
15%2 – 4 years27$91,410 – $105,120
25%5 – 9 years45$105,120 – $123,170
25%10 – 14 years45$123,170 – $133,800
15%15 – 20 years27$123,170 – $133,800
10%20+ years18Above $133,800
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 Substance Abuse Counselors ($51,300), Marriage and Family Therapists ($51,530), Social Workers ($54,210), Health Care Social Workers ($80,400), and School Psychologists ($102,730).

TitleAnnual Salary
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$120,760
School Psychologists$102,730
Health Care Social Workers$80,400
Social Workers$54,210
Marriage and Family Therapists$51,530
Substance Abuse Counselors$51,300
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande Clinical and Counseling Psychologists

The number of Clinical and Counseling Psychologists currently employed in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande is 180.

Clinical and Counseling Psychologists earn an average of $120,760 per year or $58.06 per hour in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande Clinical and Counseling Psychologists earn an average of $110,253 per year or $53 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande are Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($120,760), School Psychologists($102,730), Health Care Social Workers($80,400).


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