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Psychologist - Federal Salaries of 2018

Pay Rates for "Psychologist"

How much does a Psychologist in the federal government get paid? $94,745.73* *Based on the 2018 average.

Psychologist was the 39th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2018, with 7,959 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2018, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Psychology, with an average salary of $92,257.

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 6,806 $92,257.32
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 532 $102,272.61
National Institutes of Health 135 $110,590.08
Indian Health Service 53 $106,602.79
Federal Aviation Administration 52 $138,056.94
Food and Drug Administration 45 $125,932.60
Office of Personnel Management 44 $112,602.25
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 33 $92,401.48
Office of Secretary of Transportation 22 $119,008.95
Customs and Border Protection 18 $124,170.00
Ames Research Center 17 $158,263.76
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 16 $101,955.94
Transportation Security Administration 13 $120,158.00
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 12 $52,175.00
Indian Affairs 11 $66,509.45
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 9 $126,528.33
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 9 $134,435.11
Veterans Benefits Administration 8 $114,680.75
Forest Service 8 $56,201.88
U.S. Secret Service 8 $127,069.38
Consumer Product Safety Commission 7 $111,800.71
Federal Bureau of Investigation 7 $145,116.43
National Science Foundation 5 $129,945.00
Peace Corps 5 $100,667.40
Drug Enforcement Administration 5 $141,914.20
Environmental Protection Agency 5 $113,366.60
Citizenship and Immigration Services 5 $117,072.00
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection 4 $143,558.50
Bureau of the Census 4 $115,127.25
Bureau of Labor Statistics 4 $129,738.75
National Transportation Safety Board 4 $118,661.75
Federal Railroad Administration 4 $121,257.75
Office of the Director 3 $111,261.67
U.S. Marshals Service 3 $135,881.67
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 3 $108,349.67
Internal Revenue Service 2 $119,489.50
Agricultural Research Service 2 $108,936.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 2 $97,987.50
Patent and Trademark Office 2 $133,754.00
Merit Systems Protection Board 2 $140,027.50
Science and Technology Directorate 2 $160,311.50
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 2 $144,944.50
U.S. Coast Guard 2 $134,820.00
Department of State 2 $113,281.50
Securities and Exchange Commission 2 $144,094.50
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 2 $140,590.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 1 $106,367.00
Langley Research Center 1 $105,839.00
Government Printing Office 1 $143,394.00
Corporation for National and Community Service 1 $65,132.00
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 1 $119,489.00
Department of Energy 1 $0.00
National Institute of Standards and Technology 1 $145,629.00
U.S. Agency for International Development 1 $146,429.00
Farm Service Agency 1 $123,373.00
Assistant Secretary for Human Resources Management 1 $103,234.00
Office of Comptroller of Currency 1 $147,018.00
Social Security Administration 1 $119,489.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 1 $123,234.00
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 1 $126,958.00
Office of Governmentwide Policy 1 $161,900.00
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 1 $122,321.00
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 1 $163,100.00
Office of Management (Department of Education) 1 $94,796.00

Psychologist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Psychologist is $94,745.73. The highest paid Psychologist made $273,942 in 2018.

Common Psychologist Payscales

Payscale Number of Psychology Employees
GS - General Schedule 6,442
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 1,256
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 87
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 52
RG - Code For Use By Hhs Only. 30
RF - Code Is For Use By Hhs Only. 20
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 13
CY - Contract Education--school Year 11
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 8
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 8
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 5
CN - Bur Of (cfpb) An Indep Ag Within Frs 4
SR - Statutory Rates Not Elsewhere Specified 3
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 3
ES - Senior Executive Service 2
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 2
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 2
SL - Senior Level Positions 1
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 1
PG - Printing Office Grades 1
RS - Senior Biomedical Research Service 1
SN - Senior Level System 1
CG - Corporate Graded 1
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109 1
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 1
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 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
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

The information provided on these pages is sourced from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Enterprise Human Resources Integration (EHRI) dataset. Postal Service data is managed exclusively by the USPS . All information is displayed unmodified and as provided by the source agency.

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The series code of this occupation is 0180.

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