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    I was wondering if anyone knew about the average salary for a neuropsychologist in the UK. Websites give varying answers. Particularly, how much can you expect to earn in the private sector compared to the public sector once you have qualified?

    I was also wondering what the demand is like. I know that there is a shortage of neuropsychologists in the UK, but what can you expect the demand to be like in the future?

    I am currently researching about the career to see if it's really something I want to do. So far I feel like it's a lot of years of education and the expected earnings is quite low in comparison. Could I be wrong, and it's actually okay, or would a similar career be much better?

    Thanks in advance!
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    Salaries in the NHS for Clinical Neuropsychologists are Band 7 and up on the agenda for change pay scale, so £30,000 ish to £80,000 ish if you don't mind taking on more management roles. You do get paid for clinical psychology training (Band 6) so it's a popular career path. It varies widely in the private sector, although many companies mimic NHS pay so I wouldn't expect it to be much more. If you take on medico-legal cases you can earn a fair bit more, but it might be harder to find a stable job like that. There are other things you can do, like offering supervision etc. that might bring in more money, and I'm sure there are a few opportunities that would pay more but I'm not sure what they would be. Have you tried running job searches?

    Demand is pretty steady tbh, they only train the people they need for clinical psychology and specialising in neuro is extra work you can only do if you're already in a neuro position, so I don't think there will ever be too many. Of course, it is difficult to know how Brexit and current issues in the NHS will affect things, but I think neuro will be fine.

    I think clinical psychology is an excellent route, but pretty difficult to get in to. Neuro is a really interesting specialism but you do have to be dedicated to the whole of clinical psychology to get there. I don't know of any other similar careers where you'd earn more, but I guess that depends on your definition of similar.

    All the clinical psychologists I know love their job and have wonderful lives and varied careers with lots of different opportunities for research, organisational change and service development. If you have the drive it is an excellent job with a pretty decent salary!
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    Salaries in the NHS for Clinical Neuropsychologists are Band 7 and up on the agenda for change pay scale, so £30,000 ish to £80,000 ish if you don't mind taking on more management roles. You do get paid for clinical psychology training (Band 6) so it's a popular career path. It varies widely in the private sector, although many companies mimic NHS pay so I wouldn't expect it to be much more. If you take on medico-legal cases you can earn a fair bit more, but it might be harder to find a stable job like that. There are other things you can do, like offering supervision etc. that might bring in more money, and I'm sure there are a few opportunities that would pay more but I'm not sure what they would be. Have you tried running job searches?

    Demand is pretty steady tbh, they only train the people they need for clinical psychology and specialising in neuro is extra work you can only do if you're already in a neuro position, so I don't think there will ever be too many. Of course, it is difficult to know how Brexit and current issues in the NHS will affect things, but I think neuro will be fine.

    I think clinical psychology is an excellent route, but pretty difficult to get in to. Neuro is a really interesting specialism but you do have to be dedicated to the whole of clinical psychology to get there. I don't know of any other similar careers where you'd earn more, but I guess that depends on your definition of similar.

    All the clinical psychologists I know love their job and have wonderful lives and varied careers with lots of different opportunities for research, organisational change and service development. If you have the drive it is an excellent job with a pretty decent salary!
    This is quite refreshing to read! A lot of other sources have been negative towards Clinical Psychology because it's so competitive. I was also considering doing graduate medicine (because I have already applied for a psychology degree and I am looking forward to doing it, so I don't want to reapply). I was comparing the pay for a psychiatrist, neurologist, neuropsychiatrist to a neuropsychologist.

    Thanks for the information
 
 
 
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