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Psychologist - Federal Salaries of 2004

Pay Rates for "Psychologist"

How much does a Psychologist in the federal government get paid? $76,433.23* *Based on the 2004 average.

Psychologist was the 79th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2004, with 3,327 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2004, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Psychology, with an average salary of $71,655.

Government Psychology jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Psychology job is GS-6, and the highest paygrade that can be attained within this job series is GS-15. Remember that the starting and maximum yearly pay listed above reflect base pay only - your actual salary will be higher based on the Locality Pay Adjustment for the area in which you work.

Job Description

This occupation includes positions involving professional work relating to the behavior, capacities, traits, interests and activities of human and animal organisms. This work may involve any one or a combination of the following functions: (1) experimenting with or systematically observing organisms to develop scientific principles or laws concerning the relationship of behavior to factors of environment, experience or physiology, or to develop practical applications of findings, (2) applying professional knowledges of psychological principles, theories, methods or data to practical situations and problems, and (3) providing consultative services or training in psychological principles, theories, methods, and techniques to advance knowledge of them and their appropriate use.

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions fall under this job category. Due to the growing focus of them STEM fields, individuals in this job category tend to advance more quickly than employees in the other job categories. Jobs in this category are being added quickly and many organizations have trouble finding qualified individuals. Individuals in this job category typically recieve pormotions of 2 grade increases at a time until they reach GS-12.

Agencies that have hired a Psychologist

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
Veterans Health Administration 2,128 $71,654.83
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 414 $78,168.23
National Institutes of Health 180 $89,107.42
Veterans Benefits Administration 148 $82,707.32
Indian Health Service 57 $78,841.28
Federal Aviation Administration 51 $99,584.51
Ames Research Center 47 $115,394.81
Office of Personnel Management 39 $88,947.59
Federal Emergency Management Agency 39 $70,158.08
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 27 $78,238.04
Customs and Border Protection 19 $97,128.53
Indian Affairs 17 $60,858.12
Food and Drug Administration 15 $109,792.40
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 15 $95,464.20
Environmental Protection Agency 14 $91,838.43
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 11 $101,865.18
Transportation Security Administration 11 $102,730.82
Bureau of Labor Statistics 9 $83,750.44
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 9 $65,197.22
Consumer Product Safety Commission 8 $88,934.63
U.S. Coast Guard 6 $82,295.33
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 5 $122,663.80
Federal Bureau of Investigation 5 $88,735.00
Corporation for National and Community Service 4 $62,934.00
U.S. Secret Service 4 $82,387.75
Langley Research Center 4 $80,613.75
Federal Highway Administration 4 $88,138.75
Forest Service 3 $45,721.33
Bureau of the Census 3 $92,227.00
Agricultural Research Service 2 $91,647.00
Administration for Children and Families 2 $97,992.50
Drug Enforcement Administration 2 $97,482.50
Merit Systems Protection Board 2 $103,673.50
National Science Foundation 2 $92,350.50
Government Printing Office 2 $95,375.50
Social Security Administration 2 $106,514.00
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 2 $104,216.50
Dryden Flight Research Center 2 $81,893.00
Office of the Chief Human Capital Office 1 $93,732.00
Program Support Center 1 $116,939.00
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 1 $123,622.00
National Assessment Governing Board 1 $130,305.00
Department of Energy 1 $88,981.00
Employment and Training Administration 1 $110,775.00
National Institute of Standards and Technology 1 $80,705.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 1 $90,692.00
Internal Revenue Service 1 $85,210.00
Federal Railroad Administration 1 $110,775.00
National Transportation Safety Board 1 $102,253.00
Peace Corps 1 $81,217.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 1 $91,338.00

Psychologist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Psychologist is $76,433.23. The highest paid Psychologist made $200,000 in 2004.

Common Psychologist Payscales

Payscale Number of Psychology Employees
GS - General Schedule 2,511
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 560
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 115
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 28
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 26
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 22
EG - Consultant (other) 11
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 11
CY - Contract Education--school Year 10
CE - Contract Education--year Long 7
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 6
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 4
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 4
RS - Senior Biomedical Research Service 2
PG - Printing Office Grades 2
ST - Scientific And Professional 2
EV - Faa Executive Compensation Plan 1
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 1
SN - Senior Level System 1
EE - Expert (other) 1
ES - Senior Executive Service 1
ZA - Administrative 1

Starting Paygrade: $33,903.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $143,598.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-15, Step 10
Category: Professional and Scientific

Other Jobs at the GS-6 Paygrade

GS-6 is the starting paygrade for Psychology jobs. Here are some other Federal Government jobs that can be held by employees at the GS-6 paygrade.

Occupation Occupation Category Starting Paygrade Maximum Paygrade
Instructional SystemsProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
EcologyProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
International CooperationAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Geodetic TechnicianTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
Bioengineering and Biomedical EngineeringProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15

Average Psychology Pay Trend from 2004 to 2020

In 2004, the average pay for a Psychologist was $76,433. Since then, the average pay has increased to $103,190 in 2020.

Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0180.

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