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Psychologist - Federal Salaries of 2019

Pay Rates for "Psychologist"

How much does a Psychologist in the federal government get paid? $99,807.26* *Based on the 2019 average.

Psychologist was the 351st most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2019, with 8,120 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2019, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Psychology, with an average salary of $97,551.

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 7,021 $97,551.06
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 512 $106,729.85
National Institutes of Health 112 $114,692.15
Indian Health Service 53 $111,717.94
Office of Personnel Management 48 $119,845.19
Federal Aviation Administration 46 $139,276.37
Food and Drug Administration 35 $128,830.23
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 24 $92,471.29
Customs and Border Protection 22 $124,610.00
Office of Secretary of Transportation 19 $129,251.42
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 17 $105,678.12
Ames Research Center 16 $162,264.00
Transportation Security Administration 16 $121,840.00
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 10 $122,244.60
Indian Affairs 9 $80,624.11
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 9 $52,175.00
Federal Bureau of Investigation 8 $150,213.63
Consumer Product Safety Commission 8 $123,692.13
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 8 $138,409.13
Peace Corps 8 $111,348.63
Veterans Benefits Administration 8 $122,698.63
Forest Service 7 $58,786.43
U.S. Secret Service 7 $128,754.57
Drug Enforcement Administration 7 $147,547.33
National Science Foundation 5 $126,059.60
Bureau of the Census 5 $113,239.00
Citizenship and Immigration Services 5 $128,372.40
Department of Veterans Affairs 5 $73,516.80
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 4 $137,514.25
Environmental Protection Agency 4 $117,593.00
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection 4 $159,370.75
Federal Railroad Administration 4 $129,948.00
National Transportation Safety Board 4 $131,841.50
Securities and Exchange Commission 3 $180,093.33
Agricultural Research Service 3 $100,517.33
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 3 $113,159.67
Office of the Director 3 $120,103.00
Merit Systems Protection Board 3 $134,024.00
Bureau of Labor Statistics 3 $134,120.33
Internal Revenue Service 3 $121,402.33
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 2 $147,308.50
Office of Comptroller of Currency 2 $148,439.50
U.S. Coast Guard 2 $117,948.50
Department of State 2 $156,769.00
Science and Technology Directorate 2 $159,717.00
Patent and Trademark Office 1 $144,538.00
U.S. Marshals Service 1 $160,822.00
Corporation for National and Community Service 1 $65,132.00
Office of Governmentwide Policy 1 $166,500.00
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs 1 $140,632.00
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 1 $136,725.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 1 $125,005.00
Assistant Secretary for Human Resources Management 1 $110,152.00
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 1 $166,500.00
U.S. Agency for International Development 1 $152,352.00
National Institute of Standards and Technology 1 $152,352.00
Fpac Business Center 1 $132,818.00
Social Security Administration 1 $128,911.00
Office of Intergovernmental and Interagency Affairs 1 $105,782.00
Office of the Chief Human Capital Office 1 $121,098.00
Department of Energy 1 $0.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 1 $110,902.00
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 1 $128,911.00
Headquarters, Nasa 1 $148,137.00

Psychologist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Psychologist is $99,807.26. The highest paid Psychologist made $284,681 in 2019.

Common Psychologist Payscales

Payscale Number of Psychology Employees
GS - General Schedule 6,688
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified 1,205
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 68
FV - Federal Aviation Administration Core Compensation Plan 45
RG - Scientists Appointed As Fellows And Compensated Under 42 U.s.c. 209(g). Includes Non-citizens Whose Employment 27
RF - Employees Appointed And Compensated As Special Consultants Under 42 U.s.c. 209(f). Includes Non-citizens Whose 18
SV - Transportation Security Administration Employees Other Than Executives 16
CY - Contract Education--school Year 9
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 8
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 8
GM - Employees Covered By The Performance Management And Recognition System (pmrs) Termination Provisions 7
CN - Bureau Of Consumer Financial Protect(cfpb) Independent Agcy Within The Fed Res Syst(use By Cfpb Only) 4
SK - Non-supervisorty Postions Employed By The Securities And Exchange Commission (sec) And Formerly Under Gs Pay 3
NB - Office Of The Comptroller Of The Currency Only 2
SR - Statutory Rates Not Elsewhere Specified 2
ZA - Administrative 1
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 1
SN - Senior Level System 1
SL - Senior Level Positions 1
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109) 1
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 1
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 1
ES - Senior Executive Service 1
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation For National And Community Service, P.l. 103-82, Subtitle G, Section 1
NQ - Employees In The National Nuclear Secuirty Administration's Professional, Technical, And Admin Career Path 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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