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Psychologist - Federal Salaries of 2010

Pay Rates for "Psychologist"

How much does a Psychologist in the federal government get paid? $89,900.21* *Based on the 2010 average.

Psychologist was the 57th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2010, with 5,542 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2010, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Psychology, with an average salary of $86,398.

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 4,307 $86,398.41
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 509 $92,306.16
National Institutes of Health 158 $113,158.66
Indian Health Service 61 $98,133.65
Federal Aviation Administration 61 $121,973.20
Office of Personnel Management 59 $104,622.83
Veterans Benefits Administration 57 $101,226.88
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 52 $85,675.04
Ames Research Center 28 $147,133.04
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 21 $99,640.00
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 20 $115,958.40
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 20 $104,298.05
Food and Drug Administration 19 $125,956.21
Indian Affairs 18 $72,517.22
Environmental Protection Agency 15 $110,060.73
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 14 $93,300.64
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 9 $120,085.00
Consumer Product Safety Commission 9 $120,469.89
Forest Service 8 $48,531.63
Federal Bureau of Investigation 7 $119,930.00
Bureau of the Census 6 $98,093.17
U.S. Secret Service 6 $112,365.67
Drug Enforcement Administration 5 $130,393.20
Bureau of Labor Statistics 5 $104,420.40
Transportation Security Administration 5 $109,126.60
Ous for Science and Technology 5 $136,520.00
National Science Foundation 5 $168,479.00
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 5 $139,167.20
Corporation for National and Community Service 4 $74,846.25
Merit Systems Protection Board 4 $115,731.00
U.S. Coast Guard 4 $106,394.75
Internal Revenue Service 3 $116,633.33
Office of the Director 3 $92,756.33
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 2 $122,735.00
Langley Research Center 2 $104,131.50
Department of State 2 $108,317.50
Social Security Administration 2 $135,017.50
National Transportation Safety Board 2 $115,600.00
Federal Highway Administration 2 $111,597.00
Federal Railroad Administration 2 $139,884.00
Employment Standards Administration 2 $119,237.50
National Archives and Records Administration 1 $90,005.00
U.S. Marshals Service 1 $119,238.00
Securities and Exchange Commission 1 $154,135.00
Department of Energy 1 $112,136.00
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 1 $154,135.00
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 1 $162,527.00
Farm Service Agency 1 $89,033.00
Agricultural Research Service 1 $132,625.00
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 1 $155,500.00
Assistant Secretary for Administration 1 $126,251.00
Government Printing Office 1 $127,251.00
Assistant Secretary for Human Resources Management 1 $136,771.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 1 $129,374.00
National Institute of Standards and Technology 1 $127,938.00

Psychologist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Psychologist is $89,900.21. The highest paid Psychologist made $248,888 in 2010.

Common Psychologist Payscales

Payscale Number of Psychology Employees
GS - General Schedule 4,447
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 849
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 50
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 44
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 38
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 23
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 17
CY - Contract Education--school Year 14
EG - Consultant (other) 12
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 8
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 7
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 5
SR - Statutory Rates Not Elsewhere Specified 5
CE - Contract Education--year Long 4
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 4
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 3
ES - Senior Executive Service 3
SN - Senior Level System 2
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 1
RS - Senior Biomedical Research Service 1
ZA - Administrative 1
PG - Printing Office Grades 1
CG - Corporate Graded 1
EX - Executive Pay 1
ST - Scientific And Professional 1

Starting Paygrade: $32,716.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $138,572.00 / 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 2017

In 2004, the average pay for a Psychologist was $76,433. Since then, the average pay has increased to $94,539 in 2017.

Data Sources

The information provided on these pages is sourced from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Enterprise Human Resources Integration (EHRI) dataset. Postal Service data is managed exclusively by the USPS . All information is displayed unmodified and as provided by the source agency.

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The series code of this occupation is 0180.

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