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Industrial-Organizational Psychologist Salary

The average Industrial-Organizational Psychologist in the United States earns approximately $74K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. For the most part, Industrial-Organizational Psychologists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Male Industrial-Organizational Psychologists are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 56 percent of the field. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$39,547 - $112,103
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$74K
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MEDIAN: $74,277
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$14.39 - $77.28
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MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$39,547 - $112,103  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,132  
Profit Sharing
$6,000 - $15,000  
Total Pay (?
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$38,120 - $119,914  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 188
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$14.39 - $77.28  
   
Overtime
$16.70 - $41.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,132  
   
Profit Sharing
$6,000 - $15,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$38,120 - $119,914  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 25
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Job Description for Industrial-Organizational Psychologist

Industrial/organizational psychologists assist in research design, assessment exercises, interviews, and survey work for organizations. Their goal is to analyze human behavior and interactions in a workplace environment. These psychologists work with a small team to improve selection tools, testing programs, policies, and other human-resources issues. This often involves counseling management, as well as activities such as focus groups, presentations, survey administration, and interpreting research results. Industrial/organizational psychologists regularly communicate with both high- and low-level employees with a minimal knowledge of the involved topics, so the ability to clearly explain the work to non-psychologists is essential. This position requires regular analysis of relevant research, as well as the innovation and creativity to find data and improvements for their organization. Industrial/organizational psychologists generally work full time in an office environment, and some travel or teleconferencing may be required to work with remote offices. Industrial/organizational psychologists may also provide instruction to junior psychologists on their team, depending on the position.

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Industrial-Organizational Psychologist Tasks

  • Develop and implement employee selection and placement, training and performance programs.
  • Advise management of training needs via a gap analysis.
  • Observe and interview workers, write reports on research findings and implications.
  • Administer competency tests, rating scales and psychological tests.
  • Work with management to reorganize the work setting to improve worker productivity.

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Popular Skills for Industrial-Organizational Psychologist


Industrial-Organizational Psychologists who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, facility with Training Program Development, Data Analysis, and SAS are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 7 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Organizational Development. Many workers who know Data Analysis also know SPSS.

Pay by Experience Level for Industrial-Organizational Psychologist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $64K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $90K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $107K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.

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Experience Affects Industrial-Organizational Psychologist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 42%

Late-Career
up arrow 42%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$75,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Industrial-Organizational Psychologist Salaries

Training Program Development
up arrow 22%


SAS
up arrow 6%

up arrow 5%

National Average
$75,000

Organizational Development
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 16%
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