Industrial-Organizational Psychologist Salary

Earnings for Industrial-Organizational Psychologists in the United States come in at around $75K per year on average. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Men make up a slight majority of Industrial-Organizational Psychologists (51 percent) who responded to the survey. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$40,182 - $114,595
(Median)
$40K
$75K
$110K
MEDIAN: $75,339
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$14.76 - $244.68
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$240
MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$40,182 - $114,595  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,383  
Profit Sharing
$8,500  
Total Pay (?
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$40,008 - $122,952  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 219
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$90$180$270
Hourly Rate
$14.76 - $244.68  
   
Overtime
$19.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$180K$360K$540K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,383  
   
Profit Sharing
$8,500  
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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$40,008 - $122,952  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 22
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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


Typical Industrial-Organizational Psychologists report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, facility with Training Program Development, SAS, and SPSS are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 12 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. It is not unusual for someone who knows Data Analysis to be familiar with SPSS as well.

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, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $65K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $92K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $109K. 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 $111K on average.

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Experience Affects Industrial-Organizational Psychologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 44%

Experienced
up arrow 42%

Mid-Career
up arrow 20%

National Average
$77,000


Skills That Affect Industrial-Organizational Psychologist Salaries

Training Program Development
up arrow 21%

SAS
up arrow 12%

up arrow 5%

Data Analysis
up arrow 4%

Organizational Development
0%

National Average
$77,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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