Average salary for a school psychologist

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Average salary for a school psychologist
Specialist psychologists work in the education system. (Qpicimages/iStock/Getty Images)

The salary range for a school psychologist varies based on several factors, which include the individual's qualifications and the number of years he has worked.

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Experience

School psychologists with the most experience generally have the higher salaries. Senior educational psychologists earn between £42,969 and £57,944, while trainee educational psychologists have a range of £22,019 a year, rising to £30,075.

Certification

Educational psychologists have to be registered with the Health and Care Professionals Coucil in order to work in the UK schools system.

Pay Negotiations

Educational psychologists negotiate their salaries through the national teachers pay negotiations mechanism. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, pay follows the Soulbury agreement negotiated by the National Union of Teachers. Scottish educational psychologists look to the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers.

Employer type

The majority of educational psychologists in the UK work for the education system as employees. However, it is also possible to get work with a consultancy or work freelance.

Demographics

More women work in the profession than men. National standards and requirements for this profession mean that it is not usually possible to switch to working abroad without retraining in the foreign country.

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