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Psychologist - Federal Salaries of 2005

Pay Rates for "Psychologist"

How much does a Psychologist in the federal government get paid? $79,483.03* *Based on the 2005 average.

Psychologist was the 79th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2005, with 3,346 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2005, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Psychology, with an average salary of $74,556.

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 2,170 $74,555.79
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 405 $81,999.74
National Institutes of Health 178 $97,059.84
Veterans Benefits Administration 128 $85,541.66
Indian Health Service 58 $82,292.12
Federal Aviation Administration 49 $103,812.18
Office of Personnel Management 46 $89,072.61
Federal Emergency Management Agency 45 $72,778.91
Ames Research Center 41 $122,453.39
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 27 $80,366.00
Indian Affairs 20 $60,275.65
Customs and Border Protection 17 $104,555.18
Food and Drug Administration 15 $111,308.13
Environmental Protection Agency 13 $97,614.69
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 13 $102,687.23
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 10 $104,864.90
Transportation Security Administration 10 $106,877.10
Bureau of Labor Statistics 9 $88,382.11
Consumer Product Safety Commission 8 $91,230.50
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 8 $0.00
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 5 $127,024.40
Corporation for National and Community Service 5 $63,418.20
National Science Foundation 5 $99,111.80
Drug Enforcement Administration 5 $100,409.00
U.S. Coast Guard 5 $95,427.60
Forest Service 4 $48,106.50
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 4 $107,396.25
Federal Bureau of Investigation 3 $101,128.00
Federal Highway Administration 3 $95,339.67
Internal Revenue Service 3 $72,855.00
Langley Research Center 3 $85,365.33
U.S. Secret Service 2 $71,083.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 2 $78,496.00
Administration for Children and Families 2 $104,571.00
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 2 $91,315.00
Federal Railroad Administration 2 $108,990.00
National Transportation Safety Board 2 $95,624.50
Social Security Administration 2 $110,463.00
Bureau of the Census 2 $110,976.50
Merit Systems Protection Board 2 $108,990.00
Agricultural Research Service 2 $97,805.50
Office of the Chief Human Capital Office 1 $97,206.00
Government Printing Office 1 $94,721.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 1 $97,213.00
Department of State 1 $84,751.00
Employment Standards Administration 1 $100,152.00
Department of Energy 1 $92,289.00
National Assessment Governing Board 1 $135,136.00
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 1 $130,929.00
Program Support Center 1 $121,274.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 1 $98,957.00
National Institute of Standards and Technology 1 $86,208.00

Psychologist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Psychologist is $79,483.03. The highest paid Psychologist made $209,255 in 2005.

Common Psychologist Payscales

Payscale Number of Psychology Employees
GS - General Schedule 2,545
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 552
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 99
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 34
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 32
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 17
CY - Contract Education--school Year 13
EG - Consultant (other) 11
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 10
CE - Contract Education--year Long 7
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 6
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 5
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 4
ST - Scientific And Professional 2
RS - Senior Biomedical Research Service 2
SN - Senior Level System 1
SR - Statutory Rates Not Elsewhere Specified 1
PG - Printing Office Grades 1
EE - Expert (other) 1
ES - Senior Executive Service 1
CG - Corporate Graded 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 2019

In 2004, the average pay for a Psychologist was $76,433. Since then, the average pay has increased to $99,807 in 2019.

Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0180.

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