Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Clinical and Counseling Psychologists currently employed in Washington-Arlington-Alexandria is 1,140.
  • Clinical and Counseling Psychologists in Washington-Arlington-Alexandria earn an average of $111,920 per year or $53.81 per hour.
  • The percentage of District of Columbia Clinical and Counseling Psychologists who work in Washington-Arlington-Alexandria is 400%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Clinical and Counseling Psychologists who work in Washington-Arlington-Alexandria is 2%.

Rankings for Washington-Arlington-Alexandria

  • Ranks #1 in District of Columbia for salary and #1 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #1 in District of Columbia for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #37 in the nation for salary and #8 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #6 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to District of Columbia

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria Clinical and Counseling Psychologists earn an average of $111,920 or $53.81 per hour which is 12% more than the District of Columbia average salary of $99,890.

AverageWashington-Arlington-AlexandriaDistrict of Columbia% Difference
Hourly Wage$53.81$48.0212.06%
Annual Salary$111,920$99,89012.04%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria Clinical and Counseling Psychologists earn an average of $111,920 or $53.81 per hour which is 12% more than the U.S. average salary of $99,640.

AverageWashington-Arlington-AlexandriaU.S.%
Hourly Wage$53.81$47.9012.34%
Annual Salary$111,920$99,64012.32%
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 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria earns an average annual salary of $100,350 which compares to the District of Columbia average annual salary of $99,890. per year.

Cost-of-living in Washington-Arlington-Alexandria is 12% higher than the District of Columbia average, which means Washington-Arlington-Alexandria residents have an overall higher cost for food, housing, utilities and transportation compared to District of Columbia average.

  • District of Columbia average salary is $99,890.
  • District of Columbia cost-of-living adjusted salary is $89,620.
  • Washington-Arlington-Alexandria average salary is $111,920.
  • Washington-Arlington-Alexandria cost-of-living adjusted salary is $100,350.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria$111,920111.53%$100,350
District of Columbia$99,890111.46%$89,620
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 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, 50% of Clinical and Counseling Psychologists earn between $57,570 and $161,310 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 $205,920, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Clinical and Counseling Psychologists.

Approximately 10% of Clinical and Counseling Psychologists earn under $48,800, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Clinical and Counseling Psychologists.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year114Under $48,800
15%2 – 4 years171$48,800 – $57,570
25%5 – 9 years285$57,570 – $98,600
25%10 – 14 years285$98,600 – $161,310
15%15 – 20 years171$98,600 – $205,920
10%20+ years114Above $205,920
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 ($57,320), Substance Abuse Counselors ($62,510), Health Care Social Workers ($70,730), Social Workers ($70,910), Psychology Teachers ($97,620), School Psychologists ($98,160), and Forensic Psychologists ($110,250).

TitleAnnual Salary
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$111,920
Forensic Psychologists$110,250
School Psychologists$98,160
Psychology Teachers$97,620
Social Workers$70,910
Health Care Social Workers$70,730
Substance Abuse Counselors$62,510
Marriage and Family Therapists$57,320
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Washington-Arlington-Alexandria Clinical and Counseling Psychologists

The number of Clinical and Counseling Psychologists currently employed in Washington-Arlington-Alexandria is 1,140.

Clinical and Counseling Psychologists earn an average of $111,920 per year or $53.81 per hour in Washington-Arlington-Alexandria.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Washington-Arlington-Alexandria Clinical and Counseling Psychologists earn an average of $100,350 per year or $48 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Washington-Arlington-Alexandria are Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($111,920), Forensic Psychologists($110,250), School Psychologists($98,160).


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