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Psychologist - Federal Salaries of 2021

Pay Rates for "Psychologist"

How much does a Psychologist in the federal government get paid? $106,048.39* *Based on the 2021 average.

Psychologist was the 38th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2021, with 8,828 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2021, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Psychology, with an average salary of $104,303.

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.

Agencies that have hired a Psychologist

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
Veterans Health Administration 7,591 $104,303.32
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 589 $110,601.79
National Institutes of Health 141 $106,912.57
Federal Aviation Administration 52 $146,609.31
Office of Personnel Management 48 $126,993.88
Indian Health Service 44 $117,288.45
Food and Drug Administration 30 $132,179.97
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 24 $52,175.00
Office of Secretary of Transportation 23 $130,312.96
Customs and Border Protection 23 $143,899.36
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 22 $101,377.73
Forest Service 19 $65,521.32
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 14 $116,453.50
Ames Research Center 12 $171,729.75
U.S. Secret Service 12 $136,383.50
Transportation Security Administration 11 $132,725.55
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 11 $127,240.00
Consumer Product Safety Commission 9 $127,817.11
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 9 $138,063.50
Peace Corps 8 $124,622.25
7 $2,500.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 7 $134,487.57
Department of State 7 $149,659.00
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 6 $149,307.00
Federal Railroad Administration 6 $135,495.17
Federal Bureau of Investigation 6 $162,224.33
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 6 $124,624.00
Internal Revenue Service 5 $136,026.20
Citizenship and Immigration Services 5 $117,911.00
National Transportation Safety Board 4 $141,035.00
National Science Foundation 4 $134,787.75
Securities and Exchange Commission 4 $200,860.50
U.S. Marshals Service 4 $148,181.25
Drug Enforcement Administration 4 $135,986.00
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection 4 $188,489.75
Merit Systems Protection Board 3 $141,487.67
Bureau of the Census 3 $137,455.00
Bureau of Labor Statistics 3 $146,772.67
Environmental Protection Agency 3 $139,044.67
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 3 $169,244.67
Federal Highway Administration 3 $117,567.00
U.S. Coast Guard 3 $125,247.67
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 3 $120,992.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 3 $113,151.00
Headquarters, Nasa 3 $159,408.67
Office of Comptroller of Currency 2 $160,569.50
Small Business Administration 2 $74,063.50
Agricultural Research Service 2 $119,652.50
Export-Import Bank of the United States 2 $115,663.00
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 2 $138,143.50
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 2 $193,795.50
National Institute of Standards and Technology 1 $161,786.00
Patent and Trademark Office 1 $164,017.00
U.S. Agency for International Development 1 $160,086.00
Fpac Business Center 1 $148,601.00
Food Safety and Inspection Service 1 $104,226.00
National Protection and Programs Directorate 1 $126,614.00
Corporation for National and Community Service 1 $65,132.00
Office of the Chief Human Capital Office 1 $135,148.00
Science and Technology Directorate 1 $173,211.00
Office of Governmentwide Policy 1 $172,500.00
Office of the Director 1 $124,428.00
Department of Energy 1 $0.00
Assistant Secretary for Human Resources Management 1 $117,782.00
Departmental Offices 1 $134,782.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 1 $126,269.00

Psychologist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Psychologist is $106,048.39. The highest paid Psychologist made $258,740 in 2021.

Common Psychologist Payscales

Payscale Number of Psychology Employees
GS - General Schedule 7,378
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified 1,186
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 91
FV - Federal Aviation Administration Core Compensation Plan 48
RG - Scientists Appointed As Fellows And Compensated Under 42 U.s.c. 209(g). Includes Non-citizens Whose Employment 40
RF - Employees Appointed And Compensated As Special Consultants Under 42 U.s.c. 209(f). Includes Non-citizens Whose 15
SV - Transportation Security Administration Employees Other Than Executives 11
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 8
* - Invalid 7
GL - Gs Employees In Grades 3 Through 10 Paid A Law Enforcement Officer Special Base Rate 6
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 5
SR - Statutory Rates Not Elsewhere Specified 4
CN - Bureau Of Consumer Financial Protect(cfpb) Independent Agcy Within The Fed Res Syst(use By Cfpb Only) 4
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 4
SK - Non-supervisorty Postions Employed By The Securities And Exchange Commission (sec) And Formerly Under Gs Pay 4
GM - Employees Covered By The Performance Management And Recognition System (pmrs) Termination Provisions 3
ES - Senior Executive Service 3
SL - Senior Level Positions 2
NB - Office Of The Comptroller Of The Currency Only 2
CG - Corporate Graded 2
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
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 1
NQ - Employees In The National Nuclear Secuirty Administration's Professional, Technical, And Admin Career Path 1
ZA - Administrative 1

Starting Paygrade: $36,070.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $152,771.00 / 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 2021

In 2004, the average pay for a Psychologist was $76,433. Since then, the average pay has increased to $106,048 in 2021.

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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