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Psychologist - Federal Salaries of 2011

Pay Rates for "Psychologist"

How much does a Psychologist in the federal government get paid? $89,951.97* *Based on the 2011 average.

Psychologist was the 52nd most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2011, with 5,839 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2011, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Psychology, with an average salary of $86,684.

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 4,608 $86,683.61
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 522 $92,771.70
National Institutes of Health 148 $113,633.17
Office of Personnel Management 69 $103,319.49
Indian Health Service 58 $99,935.79
Federal Aviation Administration 56 $121,930.59
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 55 $86,929.25
Veterans Benefits Administration 41 $99,626.24
Ames Research Center 26 $149,202.04
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 23 $95,631.78
Customs and Border Protection 21 $115,437.52
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 21 $101,620.10
Food and Drug Administration 20 $124,675.10
Environmental Protection Agency 14 $110,221.86
Indian Affairs 14 $73,094.57
Forest Service 10 $56,532.70
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 10 $99,178.20
Consumer Product Safety Commission 10 $115,959.00
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 10 $120,397.90
Transportation Security Administration 8 $104,872.88
National Science Foundation 6 $156,407.83
Bureau of the Census 6 $100,269.33
Federal Bureau of Investigation 6 $126,345.00
U.S. Secret Service 5 $120,725.00
Science and Technology Directorate 5 $139,408.40
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 5 $140,082.20
Internal Revenue Service 4 $116,779.75
Corporation for National and Community Service 4 $74,321.50
Drug Enforcement Administration 4 $134,496.50
Merit Systems Protection Board 4 $117,484.25
U.S. Coast Guard 4 $107,271.25
Bureau of Labor Statistics 4 $109,093.75
Office of the Director 3 $94,820.33
Federal Highway Administration 3 $114,008.67
Federal Railroad Administration 3 $128,093.00
Assistant Secretary for Human Resources Management 2 $112,902.00
National Transportation Safety Board 2 $120,991.00
Social Security Administration 2 $135,017.50
Securities and Exchange Commission 2 $153,692.50
Langley Research Center 2 $104,131.50
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs 2 $122,744.00
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 2 $126,951.00
Peace Corps 2 $91,454.00
Office of the Chief Human Capital Office 1 $126,251.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 1 $87,723.00
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 1 $155,500.00
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 1 $156,450.00
Department of Energy 1 $112,336.00
U.S. Marshals Service 1 $119,238.00
National Institute of Standards and Technology 1 $131,392.00
Agricultural Research Service 1 $136,770.00
Farm Service Agency 1 $105,211.00
Department of State 1 $100,904.00
National Archives and Records Administration 1 $96,690.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 1 $129,239.00
Government Printing Office 1 $126,351.00

Psychologist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Psychologist is $89,951.97. The highest paid Psychologist made $248,888 in 2011.

Common Psychologist Payscales

Payscale Number of Psychology Employees
GS - General Schedule 4,673
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 938
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 47
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 38
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 32
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 18
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 17
EG - Consultant (other) 14
CY - Contract Education--school Year 11
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 8
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 8
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 8
ES - Senior Executive Service 4
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 4
SR - Statutory Rates Not Elsewhere Specified 3
CE - Contract Education--year Long 3
SN - Senior Level System 2
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 2
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 2
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 2
PG - Printing Office Grades 1
ST - Scientific And Professional 1
RS - Senior Biomedical Research Service 1
EX - Executive Pay 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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