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Psychologist - Federal Salaries of 2016

Pay Rates for "Psychologist"

How much does a Psychologist in the federal government get paid? $91,928.12* *Based on the 2016 average.

Psychologist was the 40th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2016, with 7,822 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2016, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Psychology, with an average salary of $89,364.

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 6,620 $89,363.84
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 558 $98,028.86
National Institutes of Health 138 $109,736.94
Federal Aviation Administration 55 $130,375.96
Indian Health Service 54 $102,890.13
Office of Personnel Management 46 $114,012.50
Food and Drug Administration 46 $124,810.52
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 42 $89,797.10
Office of Secretary of Transportation 23 $115,738.09
Customs and Border Protection 20 $122,673.05
Ames Research Center 18 $154,765.83
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 18 $100,841.50
Indian Affairs 14 $67,622.07
Veterans Benefits Administration 12 $111,525.33
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 11 $117,389.45
Transportation Security Administration 9 $119,993.89
Forest Service 8 $59,124.75
Federal Bureau of Investigation 8 $136,324.13
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 8 $52,175.00
Consumer Product Safety Commission 8 $119,463.50
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 8 $132,100.00
National Science Foundation 7 $127,680.29
Peace Corps 5 $105,328.80
Drug Enforcement Administration 5 $133,552.80
Federal Railroad Administration 5 $115,259.20
Environmental Protection Agency 5 $112,382.00
National Transportation Safety Board 4 $107,829.75
U.S. Secret Service 4 $142,218.75
Agricultural Research Service 4 $84,400.25
Bureau of Labor Statistics 4 $120,085.50
Securities and Exchange Commission 3 $190,010.67
Merit Systems Protection Board 3 $129,789.33
U.S. Marshals Service 3 $127,028.33
Internal Revenue Service 3 $116,807.33
Bureau of the Census 3 $122,283.33
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection 3 $500.00
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 2 $153,384.00
Science and Technology Directorate 2 $153,702.00
Office of the Director 2 $99,645.50
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 2 $101,401.50
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 2 $142,153.00
Patent and Trademark Office 2 $126,366.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 2 $78,397.50
Federal Highway Administration 2 $118,386.00
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 1 $92,145.00
Department of State 1 $136,622.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 1 $100,550.00
Assistant Secretary for Human Resources Management 1 $101,312.00
Department of Energy 1 $117,027.00
Citizenship and Immigration Services 1 $109,137.00
Inspector General (Department of Veterans Affairs) 1 $137,608.00
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 1 $140,892.00
U.S. Agency for International Development 1 $141,555.00
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 1 $108,887.00
Social Security Administration 1 $112,517.00
Corporation for National and Community Service 1 $65,132.00
National Institute of Standards and Technology 1 $142,055.00
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 1 $118,057.00
Government Printing Office 1 $137,926.00
Farm Service Agency 1 $116,146.00
Langley Research Center 1 $104,150.00
National Archives and Records Administration 1 $113,229.00
International Trade Administration 1 $108,887.00
Office of Governmentwide Policy 1 $160,300.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 1 $119,794.00

Psychologist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Psychologist is $91,928.12. The highest paid Psychologist made $253,650 in 2016.

Common Psychologist Payscales

Payscale Number of Psychology Employees
GS - General Schedule 6,275
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 1,290
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 82
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 55
RG - Code For Use By Hhs Only. 29
RF - Code Is For Use By Hhs Only. 23
CY - Contract Education--school Year 12
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 9
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 9
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 7
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 5
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 4
CN - Bur Of (cfpb) An Indep Ag Within Frs 3
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 3
ES - Senior Executive Service 2
SR - Statutory Rates Not Elsewhere Specified 2
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 2
SN - Senior Level System 1
CE - Contract Education--year Long 1
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109 1
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 1
ZA - Administrative 1
CG - Corporate Graded 1
SL - Senior Level Positions 1
RS - Senior Biomedical Research Service 1
PG - Printing Office Grades 1
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 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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