There is a schedule recommended by the Australian Psychology Society (APS) suggesting that a 60 minute consultation should be charged at $200 per hour. Australian Jobs 2008 states that ‘the average income is in the $70,000 per year range. Major employers of psychologists at state and commonwealth level all have pay scales.
For example, in Victoria the range is Grade 1 to Grade 4. Each grade has yearly progressions. The Grade 1 first year salary is $37,000 per year, and the Grade 4 third year salary the highest on the scale, is $62,400 per year.
Career Path Options
A registered psychologist may go straight into private practice or work in any of the above places depending on their area of interest and job availability. There’s no prescribed hierarchy but experience will count when applying for jobs. According to Australian Jobs 2008 the future job growth is rated as ‘strong’.