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Psychologist - Federal Salaries of 2009

Pay Rates for "Psychologist"

How much does a Psychologist in the federal government get paid? $87,839.91* *Based on the 2009 average.

Psychologist was the 60th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2009, with 5,063 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2009, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Psychology, with an average salary of $84,052.

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 3,892 $84,052.02
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 478 $91,500.74
National Institutes of Health 155 $109,084.75
Veterans Benefits Administration 72 $99,641.51
Indian Health Service 58 $95,962.40
Federal Aviation Administration 54 $118,381.06
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 52 $83,593.94
Office of Personnel Management 47 $107,252.09
Ames Research Center 29 $144,287.28
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 22 $109,979.95
Environmental Protection Agency 20 $109,456.45
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 19 $99,654.89
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 17 $101,754.53
Indian Affairs 16 $75,390.38
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 14 $89,315.64
Food and Drug Administration 13 $120,953.92
Consumer Product Safety Commission 8 $117,893.38
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 7 $129,250.86
Federal Bureau of Investigation 6 $118,022.50
Ous for Science and Technology 6 $130,476.00
Drug Enforcement Administration 5 $126,944.40
Transportation Security Administration 5 $88,041.20
Corporation for National and Community Service 5 $73,635.20
National Science Foundation 5 $148,495.20
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 5 $135,879.60
Bureau of the Census 5 $105,573.80
Bureau of Labor Statistics 4 $104,480.25
Internal Revenue Service 4 $100,519.75
Office of the Director 3 $87,210.67
Merit Systems Protection Board 3 $116,419.33
Federal Highway Administration 3 $124,204.33
U.S. Coast Guard 2 $120,038.00
U.S. Secret Service 2 $130,708.00
Assistant Secretary for Administration 2 $109,114.50
Langley Research Center 2 $99,402.00
Social Security Administration 2 $131,830.50
National Transportation Safety Board 2 $110,136.00
Federal Railroad Administration 2 $133,194.00
Forest Service 2 $53,467.00
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 2 $52,175.00
Employment Standards Administration 1 $127,193.00
Department of Energy 1 $111,313.00
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 1 $150,525.00
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 1 $156,597.00
Government Printing Office 1 $119,844.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 1 $124,164.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 1 $113,007.00
Department of State 1 $104,314.00
Agricultural Research Service 1 $125,750.00
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 1 $136,941.00
National Institute of Standards and Technology 1 $122,417.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 1 $83,083.00
U.S. Marshals Service 1 $112,995.00

Psychologist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Psychologist is $87,839.91. The highest paid Psychologist made $241,639 in 2009.

Common Psychologist Payscales

Payscale Number of Psychology Employees
GS - General Schedule 4,042
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 780
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 46
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 44
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 38
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 26
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 16
CY - Contract Education--school Year 12
EG - Consultant (other) 9
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 8
SR - Statutory Rates Not Elsewhere Specified 6
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 6
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 5
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 2
ST - Scientific And Professional 2
SN - Senior Level System 2
RS - Senior Biomedical Research Service 1
ZA - Administrative 1
PG - Printing Office Grades 1
ES - Senior Executive Service 1
CG - Corporate Graded 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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