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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
$47,230
25th Percentile Wage
$71,360
50th Percentile Wage
$94,910
75th Percentile Wage
$110,840
90th Percentile Wage
$121,560

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 $121,560. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $94,910. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid psychologists is $47,230.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of psychologists in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$94,910
2.14% 11.45%
2016
$92,880
2.40% -
2015
$90,650
5.79% -
2014
$85,400
1.59% -
2012
$84,040
- -

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 $100,130. The lowest paying industry is the local government, including schools and hospitals industry (annual salary $75,600). For detailed psychologists salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$100,130
Federal government, including USPS
$100,130
Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$94,910
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$90,280
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$84,270
Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$78,510
State government, including schools and hospitals
$77,960
Local government, including schools and hospitals
$75,600

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].




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