Psychological assistants, in the same group with social and human service assistants, work under the supervision of a certified psychiatrist or psychologist. They are responsible for helping teach patients living skills and assist with treatments, including patient therapy sessions. They also may help administer medications, supervise patients and handle daily office tasks. Pay for psychological assistants can vary by position, facility and geographic area.
Earning Ranges at the National Level
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, psychological assistants earned a mean annual salary of $29,880 and $14.37 per hour in 2009. Those earning in the top 90 percent range received a median annual compensation of $44,760 and $21.52 per hour. Earnings in the 50 percent range were at $27,940 for a median annual salary and $13.44 per hour in the same year. Those earning in the lowest 10 percent received a median annual rate of $18,300 and an hourly rate of $8.80 in 2009.
Earnings by Industry
Insurance brokerages, agencies and related services offered the highest median annual pay of $46,480 and hourly rate of $22.35 in 2009. The federal executive branch came in second with a median annual compensation of $42,740 and $20.55 per hour in the same year. Office administrative services had the third-highest median annual compensation of $40,020 and $19.24 per hour, while scientific research and development paid $39,370 per year and $18.93 per hour in 2009.
Earning by State
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Connecticut had the highest median annual salary for psychological assistants at $41,430 and $19.92 per hour in 2009. California had the second-highest median annual pay at $35,650 and an hourly rate of $17.14, while Alaska paid $34,020 per year and $16.36 per hour. Massachusetts had the fourth-highest median yearly pay at $33,850 and hourly rate of $16.27. Hawaii came in last with a median annual salary of $33,560 and an hourly rate of $16.13 per hour in 2009.
Earnings by Larger Urban Areas
The metropolitan area of Danbury, Connecticut had the highest median annual compensation of $52,000 and an hourly rate of $25 in 2009. Those employed in Fairbanks, Alaska earned a median annual pay of $45,680 and $21.96 per hour in that year. The area including Vallejo and Fairfield, California offered a median yearly rate of $45,070 and $21.67 per hour. Peabody, Massachusetts paid these professionals a median annual wage of $43,680 and $21 per hour in 2009.