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Psychologist - Federal Salaries of 2006

Pay Rates for "Psychologist"

How much does a Psychologist in the federal government get paid? $81,312.07* *Based on the 2006 average.

Psychologist was the 75th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2006, with 3,516 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2006, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Psychology, with an average salary of $76,640.

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 2,374 $76,639.63
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 407 $85,011.75
National Institutes of Health 167 $94,437.37
Veterans Benefits Administration 117 $88,084.04
Indian Health Service 59 $85,393.07
Federal Aviation Administration 52 $107,955.65
Office of Personnel Management 46 $91,826.85
Federal Emergency Management Agency 43 $75,114.00
Ames Research Center 30 $128,045.50
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 23 $89,310.13
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 18 $107,810.28
Indian Affairs 17 $61,804.24
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 15 $94,619.53
Environmental Protection Agency 15 $102,385.60
Food and Drug Administration 13 $113,354.80
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 10 $94,287.60
Bureau of Labor Statistics 9 $93,879.00
Consumer Product Safety Commission 8 $95,655.50
Transportation Security Administration 6 $111,755.33
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 5 $137,350.40
Drug Enforcement Administration 5 $105,920.20
Corporation for National and Community Service 5 $64,604.60
National Science Foundation 5 $116,173.80
U.S. Coast Guard 4 $105,859.00
Ous for Science and Technology 4 $121,732.00
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 4 $112,576.25
Patent and Trademark Office 4 $95,977.00
Federal Bureau of Investigation 4 $105,228.00
Forest Service 3 $49,603.00
Merit Systems Protection Board 3 $109,687.67
Bureau of the Census 3 $105,533.67
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 3 $52,175.00
U.S. Secret Service 3 $82,620.67
Langley Research Center 3 $91,350.67
Federal Highway Administration 3 $101,115.00
Administration for Children and Families 2 $108,164.00
Assistant Secretary for Administration 2 $90,473.50
Dryden Flight Research Center 2 $82,986.50
Agricultural Research Service 2 $102,399.50
Social Security Administration 2 $115,781.00
Federal Railroad Administration 2 $112,734.50
Internal Revenue Service 2 $72,489.50
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 1 $97,500.00
Department of State 1 $87,664.00
National Transportation Safety Board 1 $112,734.00
Government Printing Office 1 $103,594.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 1 $102,257.00
National Institute of Standards and Technology 1 $92,229.00
Employment Standards Administration 1 $103,594.00
Department of Energy 1 $98,615.00
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 1 $129,023.00
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 1 $135,603.00
Program Support Center 1 $129,023.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 1 $100,554.00

Psychologist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Psychologist is $81,312.07. The highest paid Psychologist made $212,000 in 2006.

Common Psychologist Payscales

Payscale Number of Psychology Employees
GS - General Schedule 2,695
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 599
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 82
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 33
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 28
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 18
EG - Consultant (other) 11
CY - Contract Education--school Year 10
CE - Contract Education--year Long 7
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 6
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 6
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 5
ST - Scientific And Professional 3
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 3
RS - Senior Biomedical Research Service 2
EV - Faa Executive Compensation Plan 1
SR - Statutory Rates Not Elsewhere Specified 1
ZA - Administrative 1
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109 1
CG - Corporate Graded 1
PG - Printing Office Grades 1
SN - Senior Level System 1
ES - Senior Executive Service 1

Starting Paygrade: $33,567.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $142,180.00 / 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
General Education and TrainingProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Range TechnicianTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
Social WorkProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Health PhysicsProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Electronics EngineeringProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15

Average Psychology Pay Trend from 2004 to 2018

In 2004, the average pay for a Psychologist was $76,433. Since then, the average pay has increased to $94,746 in 2018.

Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0180.

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