What to know about military psychologists in the US
A new report by the US Department of Defense (DoD) finds that military psychologists are highly paid compared to civilian psychologists.
The study, titled “Military Psychologists in the United States: The Unpaid Military Psychologists and the Military Personnel,” found that, while civilian psychologists make up a small portion of the overall workforce, they earn between $75,000 and $130,000 annually.
According to the study, the average salary for a military psychologist is $140,000.
The DoD said in a statement that military psychologists were “paid substantially more than their civilian counterparts for the same job performance” and that the pay gap was the result of “a combination of high-skill shortages and a lack of qualified personnel and training.”
The DoD noted that the military is “unique in that it offers a unique training environment and a wide variety of specialized training programs.”
A spokesperson for the DoD declined to comment on the specifics of the study.
The Pentagon said that the study was commissioned by the DoE’s Bureau of Military Personnel, which was tasked with evaluating the military’s ability to recruit and retain military personnel.
The report states that military psychologist salaries have been increasing for years, but it was only in the past year that the DoDD has begun to take steps to increase pay for psychologists.
In 2016, the DoDs salary budget was about $85 million.
However, the current study said that it found that this year’s budget is “significantly less than previous years.”
The DoDs report states:The DoE has been considering increasing the salary cap to $130k.
However the DoT did not make any further changes to their salary structure in 2017.
For example, DoD has authorized DoT to increase the amount of overtime pay for military psychologists by an average of $12.5 per hour, or $3.5 an hour for those working on weekends and evenings.
However this does not affect the DoTs salary cap.
The study also noted that a “small portion of military psychologists” make between $50,000-$65,000 per year.
The average salary of a military psychological assistant is $70,000, according to the DoDoD.
However some analysts have suggested that this is a lower figure because military psychologists work for companies and not individual soldiers.
The Pentagon said in its statement that the report “provides a snapshot of the compensation structure for the full range of roles in the DoN [Department of the Navy].
It also highlights how the military provides flexibility to meet the needs of a diverse workforce.””
This report is the first of its kind and provides a unique perspective on the compensation of military psychology assistants, their compensation and benefits,” the DoDN spokesperson added.