Salary Report for Washington School Psychologists

  • The number of School Psychologists currently employed in Washington is 1,260.
  • School Psychologists in Washington earn an average of $95,780 per year or $46.05 per hour.
  • The percentage of U.S. School Psychologists who work in Washington is 2%.

Washington Rankings

  • Washington ranks #5 in the U.S. for School Psychologists salary and #7 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Washington ranks #10 in the U.S. for the total number of School Psychologists employed.

Compare Washington to U.S.

Washington School Psychologists earn an average of $95,780 which is 15% more than the national average salary of $82,770.

TypeWashingtonU.S.% Difference
Average Hourly Wage$46.05$39.8015.70%
Average Annual Salary$95,780$82,77015.72%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Salary Range by Education and Experience

In Washington, 50% of School Psychologists earn between $79,500 and $101,590 a year, depending on factors such as level of education, experience, location and place of employment.

About 10% of School Psychologists earn more than $125,560, a rate generally associated with highly educated and experienced School Psychologists.

Approximately 10% of School Psychologists earn under $76,060, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level School Psychologists.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year126Under $76,060
15%2 – 4 years189$76,060 – $79,500
25%5 – 9 years315$79,500 – $97,980
25%10 – 14 years315$97,980 – $101,590
15%15 – 20 years189$97,980 – $125,560
10%20+ years126Above $125,560
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Adjusted for Cost-of-Living

After being adjusted for cost-of-living, School Psychologists in Washington psychologists earn about $89,214 per year which is more than the average U.S. psychologist of $82,770.

Cost-of-living in Washington is 7% higher than the national average, which means Washington residents have an overall higher cost for food, housing, utilities and transportation compared to other states.

  • National average salary for School Psychologists is $82,770.
  • Average Washington School Psychologists salary is $95,780.
  • Adjusted for cost-of-living, Washington School Psychologists earn an average salary of $89,214.

More cost-of-living reports for U.S. States.

Salary Compared to Related Professions

With an average annual salary of $95,780, Washington School Psychologists tend to earn less than Forensic Psychologists ($105,640), and Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($103,190).

However, School Psychologists tend to earn more than Marriage and Family Therapists ($49,220), Substance Abuse Counselors ($56,500), Social Workers ($60,230), Health Care Social Workers ($71,800), and Psychology Teachers ($74,460).

TitleAnnual Salary
Forensic Psychologists$105,640
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$103,190
School Psychologists$95,780
Psychology Teachers$74,460
Health Care Social Workers$71,800
Social Workers$60,230
Substance Abuse Counselors$56,500
Marriage and Family Therapists$49,220
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Salaries Ranked by Washington Cities

The average salary for School Psychologists in Washington is $95,780. The top cities that pay School Psychologists the most are Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue ($99,600), Western Washington Nonmetropolitan Area ($94,460) and Kennewick-Richland ($93,420).

When adjusted for cost-of-living, the cities that pay School Psychologists the highest average annual salary are Western Washington Nonmetropolitan Area ($97,381), Olympia-Tumwater ($96,415) and Yakima ($96,177).

The following table shows the average yearly salary range for School Psychologists in each city, and the average yearly salary after being adjusted for cost-of-living in that state.

The difference column shows how much more or less purchasing power a School Psychologists salary will have in that area.

AreaAverage SalaryCOL AdjustedDifference
Olympia-Tumwater$100,320$96,415$-3,905
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue$99,600$88,968$-10,632
Western Washington Nonmetropolitan Area$94,460$97,381$2,921
Kennewick-Richland$93,420$91,714$-1,706
Bremerton-Silverdale$92,410$87,592$-4,818
Yakima$92,320$96,177$3,857
Bellingham$91,420$89,373$-2,047
Spokane-Spokane Valley$88,700$90,225$1,525
Eastern Washington Nonmetropolitan Area$83,370$85,948$2,578
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Salary FAQ for Washington School Psychologists

Washington School Psychologists earn between $76,060 and $125,560 a year depending on their level of education, experience and skill.

There are currently 1,260 School Psychologists employed in Washington which is about 2% of the U.S. total.

Forensic Psychologists are the highest paid psychologists in Washington with an average annual wage of $105,640.

An entry level psychologist makes as much as $76,060 a year in Washington

The most School Psychologists work in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue area where 650 School Psychologists are employed.

After being adjusted for cost-of-living, School Psychologists in Washington earn 89,214 per year, while the average across the United States earns $82,770.

By 0, Washington will need 0 School Psychologists. A less than 5 School Psychologists will need to enter into the Washington work forces each year.

City and Rural Summaries

Bellingham

Average School Psychologists Salary: $91,420
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $89,373
Hourly Wage: $43.95
Currently Employed: 30
Cost-of-Living Index: 102.29
Bellingham Salary Report

Bremerton-Silverdale

Average School Psychologists Salary: $92,410
Adjusted for Cost of Living: $87,592
Hourly Wage: $44
Currently Employed: 40
Cost-of-Living Index: 105.50
Bremerton-Silverdale Salary Report

Eastern Washington Nonmetropolitan Area

Average School Psychologists Salary: $83,370
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $85,948
Hourly Wage: $40.08
Currently Employed: 40
Cost-of-Living Index: 97.00
Eastern Washington Nonmetropolitan Area Salary Report

Kennewick-Richland

Average School Psychologists Salary: $93,420
Adjusted for Cost of Living: $91,714
Hourly Wage: $45
Currently Employed: 50
Cost-of-Living Index: 101.86
Kennewick-Richland Salary Report

Olympia-Tumwater

Average School Psychologists Salary: $100,320
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $96,415
Hourly Wage: $48.23
Currently Employed: 70
Cost-of-Living Index: 104.05
Olympia-Tumwater Salary Report

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue

Average School Psychologists Salary: $99,600
Adjusted for Cost of Living: $88,968
Hourly Wage: $48
Currently Employed: 650
Cost-of-Living Index: 111.95
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue Salary Report

Spokane-Spokane Valley

Average School Psychologists Salary: $88,700
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $90,225
Hourly Wage: $42.64
Currently Employed: 110
Cost-of-Living Index: 98.31
Spokane-Spokane Valley Salary Report

Western Washington Nonmetropolitan Area

Average School Psychologists Salary: $94,460
Adjusted for Cost of Living: $97,381
Hourly Wage: $45
Currently Employed: 40
Cost-of-Living Index: 97.00
Western Washington Nonmetropolitan Area Salary Report

Yakima

Average School Psychologists Salary: $92,320
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $96,177
Hourly Wage: $44.39
Currently Employed: 60
Cost-of-Living Index: 95.99
Yakima Salary Report

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