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Psychologists Salary in Sector of Federal, State, and Local Government

The salary statistics of psychologists in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare psychologists salaries in different industries within the federal, state, and local government sector.

Average Annual Salary of Psychologists

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$46,550
25th Percentile Wage
$68,720
50th Percentile Wage
$92,880
75th Percentile Wage
$107,780
90th Percentile Wage
$118,780

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for psychologists in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) psychologists is $118,780. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $92,880. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid psychologists is $46,550.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of psychologists in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government from 2012 to 2016. Note that there is no salary data for some years between 2012 and 2016.

YearMedian Salary Growth4-Year Growth
201692,8802.40%9.52%
201590,6505.79%-
201485,4001.59%-
201284,040--

Compare Psychologists Salary in Different Industries within the Federal, State, and Local Government Sector

The average salaries of psychologists in eight industries in the federal, state, and local government sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for psychologists occupations is the federal executive branch (oes designation) industry with an annual salary $98,510. The lowest paying industry is the local government, including schools and hospitals industry (annual salary $74,060). For detailed psychologists salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$98,510
Federal government, including USPS
$98,510
Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$92,880
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$82,700
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$82,450
Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$76,700
State government, including schools and hospitals
$76,250
Local government, including schools and hospitals
$74,060

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].




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