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Psychologist - Federal Salaries of 2014

Pay Rates for "Psychologist"

How much does a Psychologist in the federal government get paid? $90,560.57* *Based on the 2014 average.

Psychologist was the 55th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2014, with 7,178 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2014, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Psychology, with an average salary of $87,718.

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 5,965 $87,717.59
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 538 $96,178.62
National Institutes of Health 128 $113,452.02
Office of Personnel Management 57 $110,696.89
Indian Health Service 56 $101,316.43
Federal Aviation Administration 52 $123,978.90
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 48 $88,804.89
Food and Drug Administration 43 $126,591.81
Ames Research Center 27 $151,790.63
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 23 $108,299.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 22 $105,365.64
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 19 $98,586.84
Customs and Border Protection 17 $117,983.06
Indian Affairs 14 $65,022.71
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 14 $103,567.43
Transportation Security Administration 11 $98,594.00
Consumer Product Safety Commission 10 $120,054.50
Forest Service 10 $57,235.80
National Science Foundation 9 $129,077.22
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 8 $125,791.63
Federal Bureau of Investigation 8 $125,335.13
Environmental Protection Agency 7 $106,066.00
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 6 $69,395.83
U.S. Secret Service 5 $126,474.60
Drug Enforcement Administration 5 $125,296.40
Bureau of the Census 4 $116,613.25
Bureau of Labor Statistics 4 $112,127.75
Merit Systems Protection Board 4 $123,970.25
Federal Railroad Administration 4 $124,144.75
Peace Corps 4 $90,469.00
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection 4 $0.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 3 $72,035.33
Office of the Director 3 $100,865.00
U.S. Coast Guard 3 $112,319.67
Securities and Exchange Commission 3 $188,415.00
Department of State 3 $108,998.67
Internal Revenue Service 3 $124,519.00
Assistant Secretary for Human Resources Management 3 $102,179.33
Science and Technology Directorate 3 $137,510.67
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 3 $140,485.00
Federal Highway Administration 2 $110,659.50
U.S. Marshals Service 2 $127,190.50
Patent and Trademark Office 2 $114,713.00
Agricultural Research Service 2 $102,854.00
National Transportation Safety Board 2 $128,411.50
Social Security Administration 2 $138,336.00
Department of Energy 2 $111,541.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 1 $96,415.00
Corporation for National and Community Service 1 $65,132.00
Government Printing Office 1 $131,085.00
Langley Research Center 1 $99,170.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 1 $92,052.00
National Archives and Records Administration 1 $107,421.00
Farm Service Agency 1 $106,263.00
National Institute of Standards and Technology 1 $138,136.00
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 1 $158,100.00
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 1 $116,887.00
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 1 $129,161.00

Psychologist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Psychologist is $90,560.57. The highest paid Psychologist made $248,888 in 2014.

Common Psychologist Payscales

Payscale Number of Psychology Employees
GS - General Schedule 5,801
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 1,174
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 39
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 35
EG - Consultant (other) 29
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 20
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 17
CY - Contract Education--school Year 13
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 11
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 7
CN - Bur Of (cfpb) An Indep Ag Within Frs 4
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 4
ES - Senior Executive Service 3
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 3
RG - Code For Use By Hhs Only. 2
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 2
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 2
SN - Senior Level System 1
SR - Statutory Rates Not Elsewhere Specified 1
ST - Scientific And Professional 1
SL - Senior Level Positions 1
PG - Printing Office Grades 1
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 1
CE - Contract Education--year Long 1
RS - Senior Biomedical Research Service 1
EX - Executive Pay 1
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109 1
NQ - Nnsa Professional, Technical, And Admin 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
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 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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