Industrial-Organizational Psychologist Salary

Industrial-Organizational Psychologists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $74K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Industrial-Organizational Psychologists. Male Industrial-Organizational Psychologists are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 59 percent of the field. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and more than half earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$40,114 - $112,546
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MEDIAN: $73,862
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$14.58 - $175.00
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Salary
$40,114 - $112,546  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,010  
Profit Sharing
$6,000 - $15,000  
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$39,263 - $122,700  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 186
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Hourly Rate
$14.58 - $175.00  
   
Overtime
$16.70 - $41.65  
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,010  
   
Profit Sharing
$6,000 - $15,000  
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$39,263 - $122,700  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 29

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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 typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, facility with Training Program Development, SAS, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 6 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. SPSS is a skill commonly found among those who know Data Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Industrial-Organizational Psychologist

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


For many Industrial-Organizational Psychologists, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $65K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $89K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $107K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $109K on average.

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Experience Affects Industrial-Organizational Psychologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 45%

Experienced
up arrow 43%

Mid-Career
up arrow 18%

National Average
$75,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Industrial-Organizational Psychologist Salaries

Training Program Development
up arrow 23%

SAS
up arrow 6%


SPSS
up arrow 4%

National Average
$75,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 16%