Neuropsychologist Salary Guide and Career Outlook

Neuropsychologists in the United States earn on a mean basis $92,000. In Canada, the mean pay registers at C$91,515 ($71,118 USD). Pay averages 48,435 ($64,520 USD) in the United Kingdom, AU$70,791 ($54,181 USD) in Australia and NZD$ 106,148 ($74,279 USD) in New Zealand. In India, the mean pay for neuropsychologists stands at INR 5,57,653 (INR557,653 in Western form) ($8,700 USD) in India. The figure is R544,962 ($42,170 USD) in South Africa.

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How Much Does a Neuropsychologist Make per Year by State?

Neuropsychologist Salary US Canada UK Australia New Zealand India South Africa
Hourly Pay $44.23 C$137.14 £23.29 AU$34.03 NZD$51.03 INR268 R267
Annual Pay $92,000 C$91,515 £48,435 AU$70,791 NZD$106,148 INR5,57,653 R5544,962

Neuropsychologist Salary Influencing Factors

Neuropsychologists serve various types of employers and work in varied settings. Pay can turn on whether the professional is full-time or part-time and whether the neuropsychologist is self-employed. These categories exist in the neuropsychologist field. Experience, supervisory responsibilities and geography also factor into the pay of neuropsychologists.

1. Location

Compensation within countries can differ by city. According to Pay Scale, the pay for neuropsychologists in Melbourne, Australia falls five percent less than the Australia-wide average.

Among those in Christchurch, New Zealand, the mean is NZD$104,899, compared to the New Zealand national average of NZD$106,148. Neuropsychologists in Wellington earn on a mean basis NZD$106,436, close to the national mean. Those in New Delhi make INR5,80,069 above the mean in India, while the mean in Mumbai skies above the national average for India at INR5,96,803. Neuropsychologists can find pay in Toronto at C$98,755.

How Much Does a Neuropsychologist Make in the US?

Neuropsychologist Salary US Per Year Per Hour
Minimum $52,177 $25.09
Maximum $127,622 $61.36
Bonus $19,642 $9.44
Overtime N/A N/A
Total Pay $55,061 to $136,453

How Much Does a Neuropsychologist Make in Canada?

Neuropsychologist Salary Canada Per Year Per Hour
Minimum C$64,293 C$30.91
Maximum C$113,582 C$1.18
Bonus $19,642 $9.44
Overtime N/A N/A
Total Pay C$64,293 to C$113,582

How Much Does a Neuropsychologist Make in the UK?

Neuropsychologist Salary UK Per Year Per Hour
Minimum £26,565 £12.77
Maximum £100,431 £48.24
Bonus £1303 £0.63
Overtime N/A N/A
Total Pay £26,565 to 100,431 £12.77

How Much Does a Neuropsychologist Make in Australia?

Neuropsychologist Salary Australia Per Year Per Hour
Minimum AU$48,980 AU$ 23.55
Maximum AU$110,000 AU$52.88
Bonus AU$2,500 AU$1.20
Overtime N/A N/A
Total Pay AU$54,296 to $110,000

How Much Does a Neuropsychologist Make in New Zealand?

Neuropsychologist Salary New Zealand Per Year Per Hour
Minimum NZD$74,572 NZD$35.85
Maximum NZD$131,853 NZD$63.39
Bonus NZD$2,855 NZD$1.37
Overtime N/A N/A
Total Pay NZD$74,572 to NZD$134,768

How Much Does a Neuropsychologist Make in India?

Neuropsychologist Salary India Per Year Per Hour
Minimum INR 3,97,848 INR191.27
Maximum INR 7,02,798 INR337.88
Bonus INR 15,001 INR7.21
Overtime N/A N/A
Total Pay INR3,97,848 to INR7,17,799

How Much Does a Neuropsychologist Make in South Africa?

Neuropsychologist Salary South Africa Per Year Per Hour
Minimum R392,957 R188.92
Maximum R694,793 R334.04
Bonus R14,930 R7.18
Overtime N/A N/A
Total Pay R392,957 to R709,723

2. Experience

According to Pay Scale, entry-level neuropsycholoists in the United States earn on average $85,000. At five to ten years of experience, pay stands at $94,000. These professionals make on a mean basis $98,000 with ten to 20 years, and $107,000 at more than 20 years.
Salary Expert places the mean pay at C$64,293 for entry-level neuropsychologists in Canada, while those who achieve eight or more years in the profession can earn on average C$113,582.
The National Health Service treats neuropsychologists as clinical psychologists. Trainees make 26,565, while those who have their qualifications begin at 31,696. Those with more experience earn from 48,514 to 58,217, while pay for consultants runs from 56,665 to 83,258. At the department head level, salaries range between 79,415 and 100,431.

For starting neuropsychologists in New Zealand, SalaryExpert reports the mean at NZD$74,572. Eight or more years in the profession results in a mean pay of NZD$131,853.
Neuropsychologists in India with up to three years experience average INR3,97,848. Those who accumulate at least eight years in the field attain pay of INR7,02,798 on a mean basis.
In South Africa, the mean for entry-level neuropsychologists stands at R392,957. These practitioners in South Africa can garner a mean of R709, 723 upon reaching at least eight years of experience.

3. Industry

The neuropsychologist field features many self-employed practitioners, who can set their own rates. According to the New Zealand Government, psychologists in private practice fetch between NZD$60 and NZD$160 per hour. When working for one of the country’s District Boards of Health, psychologists rated as “qualified” earn between NZD$65,000 and NZD$91,000. Senior-level ones in a District Board of Health see pay between NZD$94,000 and NZD$116,000.

Job Bank Canada reports that one in two psychologists are self-employed. According to the Canadian Psychological Association, neuropsychologists in Canada generally charge between C$100 and C$200 per hour for regular assessments, which can range between 15 and 25 hours. For psycho-legal assessments, which are more complex and lengthy, the hourly rate can run up to C$300.

In the United Kingdom, consultant neuropsychologists can earn extra compensation by serving as expert witnesses in legal proceedings.

According to a 2015 survey in The Clinical Neuropsychologist, nearly 60 percent of neuropsychologists with adult subjects worked in institutions and about 20 percent in private practice only. For those in pediatric neuropsychology, institutions accounted for 70 percent of the hiring with just over one in four in private practice. In the combined adult and pediatric field, 35 percent of pediatric neuropsychologists were in private practice and another 35 percent combined private practice with work in institutions.

Schedule & Working Hours

Generally, neuropsychologists occupy full-time employment. Part-time professionals also have a presence in the field. Nearly 62 percent of psychologists in Canada work on a full-time basis.

The setting can determine a neuropsychologist’s schedule. Those in private practice normally keep weekday and daytime hours. In hospitals and twenty-four hour treatment facilities, neuropsychologists may have some weekend or evening duties.

Neuropsychologists also appear in court or hearings as expert witnesses in cases where mental capacity or mental illness, or the cause thereof, is at issue. These cases may involve personal injury plaintiffs, criminal defendants and those seeking disability benefits.

Bonuses & Benefits

Typical job benefits for neuropsychologists consist of health care, retirement and pensions. PayScale states that six out of ten in Australia get medical benefits and 40 percent have dental benefits. Certain employers may also afford loan repayment assistance, help with relocation and life insurance.

Neuropsychologists, especially those in group private practices or for-profit facilities, can benefit from profit-sharing programs. According to PayScale, earnings from profit-sharing average $8,000 for neuropsychologists in the United States.

Career Outlook

The prevalence of incidents resulting in head trauma and resulting behavioral and other disorders should sustain the demand for neuropsychologists. These professionals will be summoned to treat patients and render opinions for use in courts or other tribunals.

As a subset of clinical psychology, neuropsychologists in the United States likely fall under the larger BLS category of “Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists.” The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an increase of 14 percent in employment of these professionals through 2026. This translates to an additional 20,900 openings.

Job Bank Canada reports that the overall psychology field will have 10,000 openings for 8,800 seekers by 2024. According to Job Outlook Australia, the country had 23,400 psychologists in 2015. The field may have a projected 25,500 by 2020.

Clinical neuropsychologists appear on New Zealand’s “long-term skill shortage” list.

A study in the Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine from March-April 2016 reports that approximately 32 out of every 1,000 residents in India have vascular dementia.

Conclusion

Neuropsychologists have many opportunities for employment as mental issues occasioned by head injuries will fuel engagement of these professionals. Those with high levels of experience and expertise can experience higher pay. The nature of the field affords flexibility for neuropsychologists through the ability to be self-employed.

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