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Psychologist - Federal Salaries of 2013

Pay Rates for "Psychologist"

How much does a Psychologist in the federal government get paid? $89,632.62* *Based on the 2013 average.

Psychologist was the 45th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2013, with 6,882 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2013, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Psychology, with an average salary of $86,700.

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 5,674 $86,699.68
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 508 $95,814.17
National Institutes of Health 141 $110,777.21
Office of Personnel Management 65 $105,619.74
Indian Health Service 60 $99,518.57
Federal Aviation Administration 55 $120,747.45
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 51 $87,624.62
Food and Drug Administration 31 $122,749.74
Ames Research Center 27 $149,123.04
Veterans Benefits Administration 27 $103,089.67
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 23 $104,328.00
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 20 $93,061.00
Customs and Border Protection 19 $117,644.53
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 14 $99,638.50
Indian Affairs 13 $65,416.77
National Science Foundation 11 $128,226.73
Consumer Product Safety Commission 10 $117,212.70
Environmental Protection Agency 10 $106,140.60
Transportation Security Administration 10 $108,532.70
Forest Service 8 $58,161.75
Federal Bureau of Investigation 8 $121,715.50
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 8 $126,522.13
Drug Enforcement Administration 5 $120,875.00
U.S. Secret Service 4 $128,878.50
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 4 $140,617.50
Corporation for National and Community Service 4 $73,528.75
Bureau of Labor Statistics 4 $108,502.75
Assistant Secretary for Human Resources Management 4 $105,806.75
Internal Revenue Service 4 $118,298.50
Federal Railroad Administration 4 $119,496.75
Department of State 4 $102,382.00
Merit Systems Protection Board 4 $120,991.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 3 $64,097.67
Office of the Director 3 $98,045.33
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection 3 $0.00
U.S. Coast Guard 3 $114,131.33
Patent and Trademark Office 3 $107,194.67
Bureau of the Census 3 $116,694.33
Science and Technology Directorate 3 $133,252.33
Peace Corps 3 $85,570.33
Securities and Exchange Commission 3 $177,377.67
Federal Highway Administration 2 $108,317.50
Social Security Administration 2 $136,771.00
National Transportation Safety Board 2 $126,251.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 1 $92,732.00
National Archives and Records Administration 1 $103,136.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 1 $76,644.00
Langley Research Center 1 $98,187.00
Government Printing Office 1 $129,758.00
Department of Energy 1 $114,255.00
U.S. Marshals Service 1 $132,009.00
National Institute of Standards and Technology 1 $134,264.00
Agricultural Research Service 1 $140,914.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 1 $90,005.00
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 1 $123,758.00
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 1 $115,731.00
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 1 $155,500.00
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 1 $155,500.00
Farm Service Agency 1 $89,033.00

Psychologist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Psychologist is $89,632.62. The highest paid Psychologist made $248,888 in 2013.

Common Psychologist Payscales

Payscale Number of Psychology Employees
GS - General Schedule 5,598
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 1,095
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 39
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 27
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 22
EG - Consultant (other) 21
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 16
CY - Contract Education--school Year 13
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 10
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 7
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 4
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 4
ES - Senior Executive Service 4
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 3
CN - Bur Of (cfpb) An Indep Ag Within Frs 3
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 3
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 3
SR - Statutory Rates Not Elsewhere Specified 2
ST - Scientific And Professional 1
PG - Printing Office Grades 1
SN - Senior Level System 1
SL - Senior Level Positions 1
RS - Senior Biomedical Research Service 1
EX - Executive Pay 1
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109 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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