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Psychologist - Federal Salaries of 2007

Pay Rates for "Psychologist"

How much does a Psychologist in the federal government get paid? $82,194.63* *Based on the 2007 average.
3,954 EMPLOYEES
$324.83M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Psychologist was the 70th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2007, with 3,954 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2007, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Psychology, with an average salary of $77,812.

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 2,795 $77,811.82
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 437 $85,934.34
National Institutes of Health 169 $97,064.07
Veterans Benefits Administration 96 $90,698.15
Indian Health Service 57 $88,049.54
Federal Aviation Administration 53 $110,557.38
Office of Personnel Management 46 $95,328.70
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 45 $76,778.04
Ames Research Center 32 $132,116.94
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 20 $91,551.95
Indian Affairs 19 $60,172.84
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 18 $110,011.00
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 17 $91,528.24
Environmental Protection Agency 16 $103,940.13
Food and Drug Administration 15 $116,290.67
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 14 $81,661.21
Transportation Security Administration 9 $101,939.78
Bureau of Labor Statistics 8 $96,481.25
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 7 $117,970.00
Consumer Product Safety Commission 7 $102,278.29
National Science Foundation 6 $118,086.83
Federal Bureau of Investigation 5 $104,754.60
Ous for Science and Technology 5 $105,792.00
Corporation for National and Community Service 5 $67,638.20
Drug Enforcement Administration 5 $111,331.40
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 4 $117,865.25
Federal Highway Administration 4 $103,673.25
Bureau of the Census 4 $98,721.00
U.S. Coast Guard 3 $107,061.33
Patent and Trademark Office 3 $100,077.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 2 $85,706.50
Social Security Administration 2 $118,840.00
Federal Railroad Administration 2 $117,276.50
U.S. Secret Service 2 $88,173.50
Assistant Secretary for Administration 2 $94,187.50
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 2 $98,787.50
Merit Systems Protection Board 2 $109,458.50
Langley Research Center 2 $90,491.00
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 1 $140,461.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 1 $103,220.00
Department of State 1 $92,632.00
National Transportation Safety Board 1 $115,713.00
Internal Revenue Service 1 $84,691.00
Agricultural Research Service 1 $105,275.00
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 1 $103,204.00
Forest Service 1 $49,562.00
Government Printing Office 1 $106,331.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 1 $104,464.00
Employment Standards Administration 1 $109,459.00
National Institute of Standards and Technology 1 $106,331.00
Department of Energy 1 $102,376.00
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 1 $132,435.00

Psychologist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Psychologist is $82,194.63. The highest paid Psychologist made $215,000 in 2007.

Common Psychologist Payscales

Payscale Number of Psychology Employees
GS - General Schedule 3,062
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 644
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 60
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 36
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 34
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 27
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 18
CY - Contract Education--school Year 15
EG - Consultant (other) 13
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 9
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 6
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 5
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 5
CE - Contract Education--year Long 4
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109 3
ES - Senior Executive Service 2
ST - Scientific And Professional 2
SN - Senior Level System 1
RS - Senior Biomedical Research Service 1
ZA - Administrative 1
EV - Faa Executive Compensation Plan 1
SR - Statutory Rates Not Elsewhere Specified 1
PG - Printing Office Grades 1
CG - Corporate Graded 1
EE - Expert (other) 1
EX - Executive Pay 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
Occupation Family: 0100 SOCIAL SCIENCE, PSYCHOLOGY, AND WELFARE GROUP

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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