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Psychologist Average Salary in India 2023

How much money does a Psychologist make in India?

Average Monthly Salary
52,300 INR
( 627,000 INR yearly)


A person working as a Psychologist in India typically earns around 52,300 INR per month. Salaries range from 25,600 INR (lowest) to 81,500 INR (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Psychologist salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Psychologist Salary Distribution in India

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Psychologist salaries in India range from 25,600 INR per month (minimum salary) to 81,500 INR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 53,300 INR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Psychologist(s) are earning less than 53,300 INR while the other half are earning more than 53,300 INR. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Psychologist(s) are earning less than 35,500 INR while 75% of them are earning more than 35,500 INR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Psychologist(s) are earning less than 68,800 INR while 25% are earning more than 68,800 INR.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Psychologist Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Psychologist salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Psychologist with less than two years of experience makes approximately 30,400 INR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 39,000 INR per month, 29% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 53,800 INR per month, 38% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Psychologist(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 66,700 INR per month, 24% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 71,400 INR per month, 7% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 76,200 INR per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Psychologist average salary change by experience in India

0 - 2 Years
30,400 INR
2 - 5 Years+29%
39,000 INR
5 - 10 Years+38%
53,800 INR
10 - 15 Years+24%
66,700 INR
15 - 20 Years+7%
71,400 INR
20+ Years+7%
76,200 INR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Psychologist Salary Comparison By Gender

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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Psychologist employees in India earn 12% more than their female counterparts on average.

54,500 INR
48,700 INR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in India for all Careers

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Psychologist Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in India

How much are annual salary increments in India for Psychologist(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?


Psychologist(s) in India are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 14% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 16 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

India / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in India is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2022

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in India for the year 2022. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Psychologist Bonus and Incentive Rates in India

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate India Psychologist
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A Psychologist is considered to be a high bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

17% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 83% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 5% to 9% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Psychologist Average Hourly Wage in India

300 INR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in India is 300 INR. This means that the average Psychologist in India earns approximately 300 INR for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Psychologist VS Other Jobs

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The average salary for Psychologist is 48% more than that of Counseling. Also, Counseling salaries are 11% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Adoption Services Director45,100 INR-14%
Alcohol and Drug Counselor34,700 INR-34%
Assistant Instructor15,400 INR-71%
Career Counselor38,000 INR-27%
Consultant37,500 INR-28%
Director of Rehabilitation Services49,900 INR-4%
Disability Consultant30,900 INR-41%
Employment Counselor38,000 INR-27%
Family Advocate26,100 INR-50%
Family Services Specialist28,500 INR-45%
Family Support Specialist40,400 INR-23%
Family Youth Worker12,800 INR-76%
Guidance Counselor38,700 INR-26%
Guidance Director45,100 INR-14%
Mental Health Counselor42,800 INR-18%
Programs Coordinator21,400 INR-59%
Psychologist52,300 INR+0%
Supervising Counselor40,900 INR-22%
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor39,400 INR-25%
Youth Advocate21,400 INR-59%
Youth Care Counselor39,900 INR-24%
Youth Care Specialist23,800 INR-54%
Youth Development Manager47,500 INR-9%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
agra50,500 INR
Ahmadabad58,900 INR
Bangalore61,300 INR
Bhopal54,900 INR
Chennai59,900 INR
Coimbatore50,000 INR
Delhi59,700 INR
Ghaziabad51,000 INR
Hyderabad58,800 INR
Indore53,200 INR
Jaipur55,800 INR
Kanpur52,400 INR
Kolkata59,500 INR
Lucknow55,200 INR
Ludhiana47,700 INR
Madurai48,800 INR
Mumbai59,900 INR
Nagpur52,400 INR
Patna50,000 INR
Pimpri-Chinchwad54,100 INR
Pune57,800 INR
Surat53,900 INR
Vadodara48,600 INR
Visakhapatnam50,300 INR

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Andaman & Nicobar Islands43,900 INR
Andhra Pradesh59,000 INR
Arunachal Pradesh51,700 INR
Assam55,800 INR
Bihar64,900 INR
Chandigarh45,700 INR
Chhatisgarh56,000 INR
Dadra & Nagar Haveli48,500 INR
Daman & Diu44,600 INR
Delhi55,600 INR
Goa47,600 INR
Gujarat60,200 INR
Haryana51,900 INR
Himachal Pradesh52,000 INR
Jammu & Kashmir55,300 INR
Jharkhand56,400 INR
Karnataka61,000 INR
Kerala54,900 INR
Lakshadweep44,600 INR
Madhya Pradesh64,100 INR
Maharashtra61,600 INR
Manipur52,300 INR
Meghalaya48,800 INR
Mizoram48,100 INR
Nagaland52,400 INR
Orissa57,500 INR
Pondicherry49,800 INR
Punjab54,400 INR
Rajasthan61,700 INR
Sikkim44,500 INR
Tamil Nadu60,000 INR
Tripura53,400 INR
Uttar Pradesh64,800 INR
Uttaranchal51,400 INR
West Bengal59,400 INR

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in India earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
31,000 INR
Public Sector+5%
32,700 INR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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