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Psychologist - Federal Salaries of 2015

Pay Rates for "Psychologist"

How much does a Psychologist in the federal government get paid? $90,501.93* *Based on the 2015 average.

Psychologist was the 41st most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2015, with 7,680 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2015, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Psychology, with an average salary of $87,788.

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 6,469 $87,787.79
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 552 $96,620.94
National Institutes of Health 133 $111,790.39
Federal Aviation Administration 55 $125,933.87
Indian Health Service 52 $101,404.19
Office of Personnel Management 50 $112,598.10
Food and Drug Administration 48 $124,437.40
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 46 $89,722.98
Office of Secretary of Transportation 24 $108,415.79
Ames Research Center 21 $152,761.71
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 18 $98,328.67
Customs and Border Protection 17 $122,492.82
Veterans Benefits Administration 16 $105,422.69
Indian Affairs 14 $67,274.64
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 13 $111,586.23
Transportation Security Administration 12 $95,875.33
National Science Foundation 11 $132,090.36
Consumer Product Safety Commission 10 $115,275.90
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 8 $128,836.00
Forest Service 8 $55,415.14
Federal Bureau of Investigation 8 $133,744.00
Peace Corps 6 $101,056.67
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 6 $52,175.00
Drug Enforcement Administration 5 $131,209.40
U.S. Secret Service 5 $126,408.20
Environmental Protection Agency 4 $111,653.50
Export-Import Bank of the United States 4 $78,826.00
Bureau of Labor Statistics 4 $117,188.25
Merit Systems Protection Board 4 $126,107.00
Federal Railroad Administration 4 $122,179.25
Internal Revenue Service 4 $118,682.25
Bureau of the Census 4 $118,555.75
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 3 $141,867.33
U.S. Marshals Service 3 $121,417.67
Office of the Director 3 $104,077.33
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection 3 $0.00
Department of Veterans Affairs 2 $136,229.50
Agricultural Research Service 2 $107,064.50
Assistant Secretary for Human Resources Management 2 $111,430.00
Federal Highway Administration 2 $115,373.00
National Transportation Safety Board 2 $132,993.00
Science and Technology Directorate 2 $147,537.50
U.S. Coast Guard 2 $124,424.00
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 2 $141,667.50
Patent and Trademark Office 2 $122,679.50
Securities and Exchange Commission 2 $209,521.50
Department of Energy 1 $115,527.00
National Institute of Standards and Technology 1 $140,023.00
International Trade Administration 1 $107,325.00
U.S. Agency for International Development 1 $107,325.00
National Archives and Records Administration 1 $108,497.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 1 $96,072.00
Langley Research Center 1 $102,943.00
Government Printing Office 1 $132,368.00
Corporation for National and Community Service 1 $65,132.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 1 $97,990.00
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 1 $134,662.00
Office of Governmentwide Policy 1 $158,700.00
Farm Service Agency 1 $111,402.00

Psychologist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Psychologist is $90,501.93. The highest paid Psychologist made $250,000 in 2015.

Common Psychologist Payscales

Payscale Number of Psychology Employees
GS - General Schedule 6,139
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 1,335
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 75
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 55
CY - Contract Education--school Year 13
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 12
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 12
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 7
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 6
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 4
CN - Bur Of (cfpb) An Indep Ag Within Frs 3
ES - Senior Executive Service 3
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 2
RG - Code For Use By Hhs Only. 2
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 2
SR - Statutory Rates Not Elsewhere Specified 1
SN - Senior Level System 1
ST - Scientific And Professional 1
PG - Printing Office Grades 1
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 1
CE - Contract Education--year Long 1
SL - Senior Level Positions 1
RS - Senior Biomedical Research Service 1
EF - Consultant (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 2020

In 2004, the average pay for a Psychologist was $76,433. Since then, the average pay has increased to $103,190 in 2020.

Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0180.

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