Earnings for Industrial-Organizational Psychologists in the United States come in at around $72K per year on average. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. There are more female Industrial-Organizational Psychologists who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 67 percent. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to around half. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$39,769 - $115,464
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$11.53 - $51.82
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$39,769 - $115,464  
   
Bonus
$-0.49 - $15,507  
Profit Sharing
$9,000  
Total Pay (?
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$38,259 - $119,656  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 207
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.53 - $51.82  
   
Overtime
$37.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$-0.49 - $15,507  
   
Profit Sharing
$9,000  
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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$38,259 - $119,656  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 15
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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 seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Training Program Development, SAS, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 19 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Data Analysis and SPSS are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $61K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $93K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $114K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $136K.

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Experience Affects Industrial-Organizational Psychologist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$73,000


Skills That Affect Industrial-Organizational Psychologist Salaries

Training Program Development
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SAS
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National Average
$73,000

Organizational Development
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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