Psychologist - Federal Salaries of 2020
Pay Rates for "Psychologist"How much does a Psychologist in the federal government get paid? $103,189.72* *Based on the 2020 average.
Psychologist was the 38th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2020, with 8,608 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.
In 2020, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Psychology, with an average salary of $101,383.
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.
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
Psychologist Pay Distribution
The average pay for a Psychologist is $103,189.72. The highest paid Psychologist made $253,881 in 2020.
Common Psychologist Payscales
|Payscale||Number of Psychology Employees|
|GS - General Schedule||7,190|
|AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified||1,188|
|EI - Advisory Committee Member (other)||77|
|FV - Federal Aviation Administration Core Compensation Plan||49|
|RG - Scientists Appointed As Fellows And Compensated Under 42 U.s.c. 209(g). Includes Non-citizens Whose Employment||18|
|RF - Employees Appointed And Compensated As Special Consultants Under 42 U.s.c. 209(f). Includes Non-citizens Whose||17|
|SV - Transportation Security Administration Employees Other Than Executives||11|
|FP - Foreign Service Personnel||8|
|CY - Contract Education--school Year||8|
|GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule||7|
|SK - Non-supervisorty Postions Employed By The Securities And Exchange Commission (sec) And Formerly Under Gs Pay||5|
|GM - Employees Covered By The Performance Management And Recognition System (pmrs) Termination Provisions||4|
|NB - Office Of The Comptroller Of The Currency Only||3|
|ES - Senior Executive Service||3|
|CN - Bureau Of Consumer Financial Protect(cfpb) Independent Agcy Within The Fed Res Syst(use By Cfpb Only)||3|
|FG - Similar To The General Schedule||3|
|GL - Gs Employees In Grades 3 Through 10 Paid A Law Enforcement Officer Special Base Rate||3|
|SR - Statutory Rates Not Elsewhere Specified||3|
|IC - Employees Holding Incident Management Cadre Of On-call Response/recovery Employees(core)positions||1|
|ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109)||1|
|SN - Senior Level System||1|
|NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation For National And Community Service, P.l. 103-82, Subtitle G, Section||1|
|SL - Senior Level Positions||1|
|CG - Corporate Graded||1|
|NQ - Employees In The National Nuclear Secuirty Administration's Professional, Technical, And Admin Career Path||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|
|Occupation Family:||0100 SOCIAL SCIENCE, PSYCHOLOGY, AND WELFARE GROUP|
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 Systems||Professional and Scientific||GS-6||GS-15|
|Ecology||Professional and Scientific||GS-6||GS-15|
|International Cooperation||Administrative and Management||GS-4||GS-15|
|Geodetic Technician||Technical and Medical Support||GS-1||GS-9|
|Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering||Professional and Scientific||GS-6||GS-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.
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