Industrial-Organizational Psychologist Salary

The average Industrial-Organizational Psychologist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $76K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Industrial-Organizational Psychologists making up 56 percent of survey respondents. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a majority earn dental coverage. Most Industrial-Organizational Psychologists report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$39,749 - $113,526
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$76K
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MEDIAN: $75,571
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$9.30 - $242.40
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$39,749 - $113,526  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,528  
Profit Sharing
$6,000 - $15,000  
Total Pay (?
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$38,396 - $122,001  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 196
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$0$90$180$270
Hourly Rate
$9.30 - $242.40  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$180K$360K$540K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,528  
   
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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$38,396 - $122,001  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 23
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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 report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Training Program Development, SAS, Data Analysis, and SPSS are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 19 percent. Experience with Data Analysis is often linked with knowledge of SPSS.

Pay by Experience Level for Industrial-Organizational Psychologist

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $64K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $92K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $108K. Industrial-Organizational Psychologists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $110K on average.

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Experience Affects Industrial-Organizational Psychologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 43%

Experienced
up arrow 40%

Mid-Career
up arrow 19%

National Average
$77,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Industrial-Organizational Psychologist Salaries

Training Program Development
up arrow 19%

SAS
up arrow 12%

SPSS
up arrow 4%

Data Analysis
up arrow 4%

Organizational Development
up arrow 4%

National Average
$77,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 15%
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