Negotiate your salary
When negotiating a job offer or contract, it may be possible to negotiate a higher salary based on your qualifications and experience.
According to a survey by the American Psychological Association, nearly two-thirds of psychologists reported successfully negotiating their salary at their current job.
When negotiating a salary, it can be helpful to research comparable salaries in your geographic area or field, emphasize your qualifications and experience, and be clear about your expectations.
Pursue additional education and training
Obtaining specialized certifications, additional degrees or credentials, or training in specific evidence-based therapies can make you more competitive for higher-paying jobs.
Specialized certifications in areas such as marriage and family therapy or trauma therapy can also increase your earning potential. For example, according to the National Board for Certified Counselors, certified counselors with the Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC) credential earn an average of $6,000 more per year than those without this credential.
Look for opportunities in hospitals or government
Working in certain settings, such as hospitals or government agencies, may also provide higher salaries and better benefits.
Counseling psychologists working in hospitals earn an average of $76,000 per year, compared to an average salary of $63,000 per year for those working in outpatient mental health clinics.
Large universities or research institutions may also offer higher salaries and additional benefits, such as tuition reimbursement for additional education or professional development opportunities.