In 2018, the National Psychologist Association announced a pay increase of 8.8 per cent for all employees, while a new one-year, one-month and three-month salary is up by 8.2 per cent.
The pay increase applies to both permanent and part-time positions.
There will also be a pay raise to those with an associate degree, which will be increased to €2,200 per year.
The increase applies only to positions that involve clinical research, which means it is not part of a broader pay rise for all workers.
The association says the increase is part of its commitment to increasing the number of psychologists in the workplace, with a pay rise to reflect the increase in number of staff.
Psychologists’ salary and benefits The average annual salary of a psychologist is €27,000, while the average annual pay for a general practitioner is €45,000.
The median salary for a psychologist in Australia is €22,000 per year, while it is €26,000 for a full-time general practitioner.
Psychological support workers (PSWs) are paid by the government at the national average of $22,948.
For those with associate degrees, the median salary is $23,500 per year for PSWs.
For full-timers, PSWs earn between $28,000 and $34,000 annually.
This means that PSWs make about $1.2 million more annually than full-timer general practitioners.
However, it is important to note that PSW pay is not indexed to inflation and can fluctuate.
The PSW’s average salary is around $26,500, compared with the general practitioner’s average of around $40,000 (see chart below).
The PSWs pay rises to $34.6 million from $34 million.
This is because the PSW is paid at the lower of the two rates and the general physician’s pay is indexed to CPI.
The average PSW salary is almost $35,000 more than the general, and $33,000 higher than the full- and part: general practitioner, compared to $35 million.
For the first time, psychologists are paid at a level higher than general practitioners, according to the PSWs’ union.
The National Association of PSWs (NAPS) says the rise is needed because the average PSWP is making less than full time general practitioners who are paid $52,000 to $60,000 a year, with PSWs working longer hours than general practitioner doctors.
A pay rise of 8 per cent to the average salary would mean PSWs would make around $30,000 less a year than they do now, NAPS president Dr Rachel Stowe said.
The NAPS says PSWs have been making more than they would in other professions.
For example, in 2017, psychologists earned a median salary of $33.6 per hour, and an associate was paid $26.50 an hour.
Dr Stowe says psychologists are also making more money than doctors in other jobs because they are able to work from home.
“PSWs are paid to support and educate patients, and it’s because of this, the number and diversity of PSW jobs are growing at a faster rate than general practice,” she said.
“It’s not surprising that they’re doing better than general practise doctors because they’re able to be there for more people.”
The NAPPS is the body for PSW associations across Australia and is also responsible for the PSWP Professional Standards Framework and PSW Health and Safety Framework.
The changes will apply to all PSWs, including temporary PSWs and part time PSWs who work more than 20 hours a week.
The Association says it will be looking at whether the proposed increase is justified in relation to the health and safety of PSWP staff.
It will be a priority to ensure the PSWA’s policies and practices reflect the current standards of care for PSWP health and well-being.
What are the changes?
There are no plans to raise the median PSW wage, but there are several other changes.
A one-off increase will apply for new positions in 2019, and for a total of 12 new positions, with the highest level of pay at $37,000 up from $33 million.
A two-year pay rise is being proposed to be applied for all positions, which applies to permanent positions and those with a full time associate degree.
The move to a two-month increase is also being proposed, and the association is looking at how this will impact on the ability of PSWF staff to provide care to patients.
For PSWF managers, the pay increase will increase the average hourly wage from $26 to $27.60, with part-timing and temporary PSWF workers making less at $27 and $28.90, respectively.
The union is hopeful the proposed changes will lead to better pay for PSWF employees. The change