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Psychologist Average Salary in United Kingdom 2023

How much money does a person working as Psychologist make in United Kingdom?

Average Yearly Salary
119,000 GBP
( 9,880 GBP monthly)


A person working as Psychologist in United Kingdom typically earns around 119,000 GBP per year. Salaries range from 54,500 GBP (lowest) to 189,000 GBP (highest).

This is the average yearly 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 Pay Scale and Salaries in United Kingdom

Median and salary distribution United Kingdom Psychologist yearly
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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
112,000 GBP or more
10% of people earn
98,500 to 112,000 GBP
20% of people earn
67,900 GBP or less
65% of people earn
67,900 to 98,500 GBP
Minimum Salary
54,500 GBP
113,000 GBP
189,000 GBP

Median Salary, maximum and minimum salary, minimum wage, starting salary, and the salary range

  • Salary Range, Minimum Wage, and Starting Salary

    Psychologist salaries in United Kingdom range from 54,500 GBP per year (starting salary) to 189,000 GBP per year (maximum salary). This is not the minimum wage as per the law, only the lowest reported number in the salary survey that had thousands of participants and professionals from all over the country.

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 113,000 GBP per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Psychologist(s) are earning less than 113,000 GBP while the other half are earning more than 113,000 GBP. 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 and Salary Scale

    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 91,300 GBP while 75% of them are earning more than 91,300 GBP. Also from the diagram, 75% of Psychologist(s) are earning less than 131,000 GBP while 25% are earning more than 131,000 GBP.

  • Pay Scale Structure

    We grouped the most common and recurring salaries into brackets to give more insight into what salary to expect. This method is more accurate than just the average salary and gives more insights on how salaries are actually distributed. Around 65% of all reported figures are in the range 67,900 GBP to 98,500 GBP. Approximatly 20% fall under the 67,900 GBP cap. Ten percent of wages are from 98,500 GBP to 112,000 GBP. Only 5% of people grossed 112,000 GBP or more.

Psychologist Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Psychologist average salary change by experience in United Kingdom

0 - 2 Years
61,900 GBP
2 - 5 Years+34%
82,700 GBP
5 - 10 Years+48%
122,000 GBP
10 - 15 Years+22%
149,000 GBP
15 - 20 Years+9%
162,000 GBP
20+ Years+8%
176,000 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salary comparison by years of experience yearly United Kingdom Psychologist
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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.

Employees with less than two years of experience makes approximately 61,900 GBP per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 82,700 GBP per year, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 122,000 GBP per year, 48% 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 whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 149,000 GBP per year, 22% 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 162,000 GBP per year, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 176,000 GBP per year, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Salary and Compensation Comparison By Gender - Psychologist

Salary comparison by gender United Kingdom Psychologist yearly
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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 United Kingdom earn 5% more than their female counterparts on average.

121,000 GBP
116,000 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in United Kingdom for all Careers

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Psychologist Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in United Kingdom

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


Psychologist(s) in United Kingdom are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 14% every 16 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate United Kingdom Psychologist
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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.

United Kingdom / All Professions

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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 United Kingdom is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2022

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in United Kingdom 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

World Average Annual Salary Increment
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Salary Packages and Schemes

Not all compensation increases are reflected directly in the salary. Some companies offer upgraded packages to their staff instead of cash money. The figures displayed here account only for direct increments to the base salary.

Psychologist Bonus and Incentive Rates in United Kingdom

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate United Kingdom Psychologist
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"Psychologist" is considered to be a high bonus-based job. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

12% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 88% 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 Salary Trend and Forecast in United Kingdom

How are Psychologist salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Average Salary 2019
103,000 GBP
Average Salary 2020+4%
106,000 GBP
Average Salary 2021+4%
110,000 GBP
Average Salary 2022+4%
114,000 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Psychologist salaries in United Kingdom are on the rise in the year 2023 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2022 are 4% higher than those of 2021. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2024 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

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Psychologist Average Hourly Wage in United Kingdom

57 GBP per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United Kingdom is 57 GBP. This means that the average Psychologist in United Kingdom earns approximately 57 GBP for every worked hour.

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

About The Hourly Pay Rate

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.

What is the minimum hourly rate of pay?

The minimum pay rate per hour for 'Psychologist' in United Kingdom is 26 GBP. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.

Psychologist VS Other Jobs

119,000 GBP
78,600 GBP
71,000 GBP
Average Salary
Average Salary
Average Salary
All Jobs

The average salary for Psychologist is 51% more than that of Counseling. Also, Counseling salaries are 11% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison Between Psychologist and Counseling yearly United Kingdom
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Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Adoption Services Director97,500 GBP-18%
Alcohol and Drug Counselor77,100 GBP-35%
Assistant Instructor35,300 GBP-70%
Career Counselor89,300 GBP-25%
Consultant84,800 GBP-28%
Director of Rehabilitation Services109,000 GBP-8%
Disability Consultant73,400 GBP-38%
Employment Counselor85,500 GBP-28%
Family Advocate56,700 GBP-52%
Family Services Specialist64,700 GBP-45%
Family Support Specialist94,200 GBP-21%
Family Youth Worker29,500 GBP-75%
Guidance Counselor87,100 GBP-27%
Guidance Director104,000 GBP-12%
Mental Health Counselor102,000 GBP-14%
Programs Coordinator48,300 GBP-59%
Psychologist119,000 GBP+0%
Supervising Counselor93,100 GBP-21%
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor93,000 GBP-22%
Youth Advocate46,600 GBP-61%
Youth Care Counselor88,400 GBP-25%
Youth Care Specialist53,200 GBP-55%
Youth Development Manager110,000 GBP-7%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Aberdeen117,000 GBP
Abingdon109,000 GBP
Armagh123,000 GBP
Bangor109,000 GBP
Belfast123,000 GBP
Birmingham136,000 GBP
Bradford134,000 GBP
Brighton123,000 GBP
Bristol137,000 GBP
Cambridge111,000 GBP
Canterbury108,000 GBP
Cardiff127,000 GBP
Chester116,000 GBP
Coventry127,000 GBP
Derby129,000 GBP
Derry115,000 GBP
Dundee118,000 GBP
Durham107,000 GBP
Edinburgh137,000 GBP
Exeter117,000 GBP
Glasgow132,000 GBP
Gloucester121,000 GBP
Hartlepool112,000 GBP
Inverness110,000 GBP
Kingston upon Hull132,000 GBP
Kirkwall100,000 GBP
Leeds132,000 GBP
Leicester132,000 GBP
Lincoln112,000 GBP
Lisburn116,000 GBP
Liverpool133,000 GBP
London141,000 GBP
Manchester130,000 GBP
Newcastle129,000 GBP
Newport120,000 GBP
Newry113,000 GBP
Norwich112,000 GBP
Nottingham128,000 GBP
Oxford125,000 GBP
Peterborough119,000 GBP
Plymouth127,000 GBP
Poole113,000 GBP
Portsmouth123,000 GBP
Ripon110,000 GBP
Salisbury108,000 GBP
Sheffield137,000 GBP
Somerset126,000 GBP
Southampton120,000 GBP
St Davids98,400 GBP
Stirling113,000 GBP
Stromness108,000 GBP
Strontian100,000 GBP
Swansea123,000 GBP
Truro108,000 GBP
Wakefield106,000 GBP
Wells104,000 GBP
Winchester113,000 GBP
Wolverhampton121,000 GBP
York123,000 GBP

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
England235,000 GBP
Northern Ireland110,000 GBP
Scotland163,000 GBP
Wales113,000 GBP

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 United Kingdom earn 4% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
69,500 GBP
Public Sector+4%
72,600 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Statistics and Calculation Guide

What is considered to be a good and competitive salary for Psychologist in United Kingdom?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 113,000 GBP and 131,000 GBP. This is a very rough estimate and your experience and education will play a very huge part into your final earnings.

Gross Salary (before tax) and Net Salary (after tax)

All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salart after tax for every career.

Base / Basic Salary

The base salary for Psychologist in United Kingdom is ranges from 91,300 GBP to 131,000 GBP. The base salary depends on many factors including experience and education. It is not easy to provide a figure with very little information, so take this range in a grain of salt.

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

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