Industrial-Organizational Psychologist Salary

The average Industrial-Organizational Psychologist in the United States earns approximately $75K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Men make up a slight majority of Industrial-Organizational Psychologists (51 percent) who responded to the survey. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$40,182 - $114,595
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$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


Industrial-Organizational Psychologists generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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. Employees educated in Data Analysis are typically practiced in SPSS, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Industrial-Organizational Psychologist

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $65K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $92K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $109K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $111K.

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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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