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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
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 21 $101,620.10
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 21 $115,437.52
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
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 10 $120,397.90
Consumer Product Safety Commission 10 $115,959.00
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 10 $99,178.20
Transportation Security Administration 8 $104,872.88
Bureau of the Census 6 $100,269.33
Federal Bureau of Investigation 6 $126,345.00
National Science Foundation 6 $156,407.83
U.S. Secret Service 5 $120,725.00
Ous for Science and Technology 5 $139,408.40
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 5 $140,082.20
U.S. Coast Guard 4 $107,271.25
Merit Systems Protection Board 4 $117,484.25
Drug Enforcement Administration 4 $134,496.50
Bureau of Labor Statistics 4 $109,093.75
Corporation for National and Community Service 4 $74,321.50
Internal Revenue Service 4 $116,779.75
Office of the Director 3 $94,820.33
Federal Highway Administration 3 $114,008.67
Federal Railroad Administration 3 $128,093.00
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 2 $126,951.00
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs 2 $122,744.00
Langley Research Center 2 $104,131.50
Peace Corps 2 $91,454.00
Securities and Exchange Commission 2 $153,692.50
Social Security Administration 2 $135,017.50
National Transportation Safety Board 2 $120,991.00
Assistant Secretary for Human Resources Management 2 $112,902.00
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 1 $155,500.00
Government Printing Office 1 $126,351.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 1 $87,723.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 1 $129,239.00
Assistant Secretary for Administration 1 $126,251.00
National Archives and Records Administration 1 $96,690.00
Department of State 1 $100,904.00
Farm Service Agency 1 $105,211.00
Agricultural Research Service 1 $136,770.00
National Institute of Standards and Technology 1 $131,392.00
U.S. Marshals Service 1 $119,238.00
Department of Energy 1 $112,336.00
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 1 $156,450.00

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
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 8
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 8
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 8
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 4
ES - Senior Executive Service 4
CE - Contract Education--year Long 3
SR - Statutory Rates Not Elsewhere Specified 3
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 2
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 2
SN - Senior Level System 2
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 2
ZA - Administrative 1
PG - Printing Office Grades 1
EX - Executive Pay 1
ST - Scientific And Professional 1
RS - Senior Biomedical Research Service 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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