Salary Report for Virginia School Psychologists

  • The number of School Psychologists currently employed in Virginia is 1,080.
  • School Psychologists in Virginia earn an average of $88,890 per year or $42.73 per hour.
  • The percentage of U.S. School Psychologists who work in Virginia is 2%.

Virginia Rankings

  • Virginia ranks #8 in the U.S. for School Psychologists salary and #15 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Virginia ranks #16 in the U.S. for the total number of School Psychologists employed.

Compare Virginia to U.S.

Virginia School Psychologists earn an average of $88,890 which is 7% more than the national average salary of $82,770.

TypeVirginiaU.S.% Difference
Average Hourly Wage$42.73$39.807.36%
Average Annual Salary$88,890$82,7707.39%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Salary Range by Education and Experience

In Virginia, 50% of School Psychologists earn between $74,370 and $100,910 a year, depending on factors such as level of education, experience, location and place of employment.

About 10% of School Psychologists earn more than $128,280, a rate generally associated with highly educated and experienced School Psychologists.

Approximately 10% of School Psychologists earn under $61,700, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level School Psychologists.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year108Under $61,700
15%2 – 4 years162$61,700 – $74,370
25%5 – 9 years270$74,370 – $79,500
25%10 – 14 years270$79,500 – $100,910
15%15 – 20 years162$79,500 – $128,280
10%20+ years108Above $128,280
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 Virginia psychologists earn about $88,027 per year which is more than the average U.S. psychologist of $82,770.

Cost-of-living in Virginia is 1% higher than the national average, which means Virginia 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 Virginia School Psychologists salary is $88,890.
  • Adjusted for cost-of-living, Virginia School Psychologists earn an average salary of $88,027.

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Salary Compared to Related Professions

With an average annual salary of $88,890, Virginia School Psychologists tend to earn less than Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($108,910), Industrial Organizational Psychologists ($108,700), and Forensic Psychologists ($104,670).

However, School Psychologists tend to earn more than Substance Abuse Counselors ($53,210), Marriage and Family Therapists ($53,550), Health Care Social Workers ($57,420), Social Workers ($58,100), and Psychology Teachers ($83,580).

TitleAnnual Salary
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$108,910
Industrial Organizational Psychologists$108,700
Forensic Psychologists$104,670
School Psychologists$88,890
Psychology Teachers$83,580
Social Workers$58,100
Health Care Social Workers$57,420
Marriage and Family Therapists$53,550
Substance Abuse Counselors$53,210
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Salaries Ranked by Virginia Cities

The average salary for School Psychologists in Virginia is $88,890. The top cities that pay School Psychologists the most are Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News ($76,850) and Richmond ($72,750).

When adjusted for cost-of-living, the cities that pay School Psychologists the highest average annual salary are Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News ($79,902) and Richmond ($76,226).

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
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News$76,850$79,902$3,052
Richmond$72,750$76,226$3,476
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Salary FAQ for Virginia School Psychologists

Virginia School Psychologists earn between $61,700 and $128,280 a year depending on their level of education, experience and skill.

There are currently 1,080 School Psychologists employed in Virginia which is about 2% of the U.S. total.

Clinical and Counseling Psychologists are the highest paid psychologists in Virginia with an average annual wage of $108,910.

An entry level psychologist makes as much as $61,700 a year in Virginia

The most School Psychologists work in the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News area where 190 School Psychologists are employed.

After being adjusted for cost-of-living, School Psychologists in Virginia earn 88,027 per year, while the average across the United States earns $82,770.

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

City and Rural Summaries

Richmond

Average School Psychologists Salary: $72,750
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $76,226
Hourly Wage: $34.98
Currently Employed: 130
Cost-of-Living Index: 95.44
Richmond Salary Report

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News

Average School Psychologists Salary: $76,850
Adjusted for Cost of Living: $79,902
Hourly Wage: $37
Currently Employed: 190
Cost-of-Living Index: 96.18
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News Salary Report

Official Data Sources for School Psychologists: Salary Data | Projected Employment | Cost of Living Data