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Psychologist - Federal Salaries of 2008

Pay Rates for "Psychologist"

How much does a Psychologist in the federal government get paid? $84,147.87* *Based on the 2008 average.

Psychologist was the 64th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2008, with 4,512 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2008, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Psychology, with an average salary of $79,874.

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 3,359 $79,873.95
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 449 $88,970.07
National Institutes of Health 165 $101,606.42
Veterans Benefits Administration 77 $94,693.13
Indian Health Service 59 $91,119.02
Federal Aviation Administration 53 $113,272.25
Office of Personnel Management 49 $100,907.31
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 47 $80,728.34
Ames Research Center 30 $139,000.30
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 19 $95,213.47
Indian Affairs 18 $70,347.39
Customs and Border Protection 18 $115,589.39
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 18 $96,284.61
Environmental Protection Agency 14 $108,175.21
Food and Drug Administration 13 $122,531.08
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 13 $85,097.77
Bureau of Labor Statistics 7 $103,456.43
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 7 $124,853.71
Consumer Product Safety Commission 7 $109,917.14
Science and Technology Directorate 7 $118,597.00
Federal Bureau of Investigation 6 $100,101.83
Transportation Security Administration 6 $89,231.67
Corporation for National and Community Service 5 $70,242.40
Drug Enforcement Administration 5 $117,636.00
Bureau of the Census 5 $96,447.00
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 5 $130,039.20
National Science Foundation 5 $130,713.20
Federal Highway Administration 5 $107,660.40
Internal Revenue Service 4 $93,702.50
Merit Systems Protection Board 3 $110,598.00
U.S. Secret Service 3 $117,334.33
Federal Railroad Administration 2 $126,088.50
Office of the Chief Human Capital Office 2 $101,685.50
U.S. Coast Guard 2 $115,619.00
Patent and Trademark Office 2 $109,470.50
Social Security Administration 2 $124,174.50
Langley Research Center 2 $96,148.00
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 2 $52,175.00
Office of the Director 2 $87,166.50
National Transportation Safety Board 1 $124,175.00
Department of State 1 $99,557.00
Securities and Exchange Commission 1 $112,558.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 1 $107,854.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 1 $118,506.00
Government Printing Office 1 $114,372.00
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 1 $147,532.00
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 1 $143,227.00
Department of Energy 1 $107,891.00
Employment Standards Administration 1 $117,639.00
U.S. Marshals Service 1 $108,086.00
National Institute of Standards and Technology 1 $113,035.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 1 $108,677.00
Forest Service 1 $52,549.00
Agricultural Research Service 1 $112,593.00

Psychologist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Psychologist is $84,147.87. The highest paid Psychologist made $234,601 in 2008.

Common Psychologist Payscales

Payscale Number of Psychology Employees
GS - General Schedule 3,496
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 777
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 49
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 40
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 34
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 28
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 19
CY - Contract Education--school Year 14
EG - Consultant (other) 12
SR - Statutory Rates Not Elsewhere Specified 6
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
CE - Contract Education--year Long 4
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 3
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109 3
ST - Scientific And Professional 2
SN - Senior Level System 2
RS - Senior Biomedical Research Service 1
CG - Corporate Graded 1
PG - Printing Office Grades 1
ES - Senior Executive Service 1
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 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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