The average Industrial-Organizational Psychologist in the United States earns approximately $72K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up the majority of Industrial-Organizational Psychologists (67 percent) who completed the questionnaire. For the most part, Industrial-Organizational Psychologists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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MEDIAN: $71,616
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$10.30 - $72.72
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Salary
$39,500 - $112,037  
   
Bonus
$100.00 - $15,398  
Profit Sharing
$6,250  
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$38,473 - $116,977  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 212
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Hourly Rate
$10.30 - $72.72  
   
Overtime
$40.00  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$100.00 - $15,398  
   
Profit Sharing
$6,250  
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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$38,473 - $116,977  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 13

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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

  • Administer competency tests, rating scales and psychological tests.
  • Work with management to reorganize the work setting to improve worker productivity.
  • Observe and interview workers, write reports on research findings and implications.
  • Develop and implement employee selection and placement, training and performance programs.
  • Advise management of training needs via a gap analysis.

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Popular Skills for Industrial-Organizational Psychologist


Survey results imply that Industrial-Organizational Psychologists put a diverse skill set to use. 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, 20 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Those with knowledge of Data Analysis tend to be skilled in 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, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $62K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $93K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $112K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $131K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Key Stats for Industrial-Organizational Psychologist

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.
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Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Industrial-Organizational Psychologist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 54%


National Average
$72,000


Skills That Affect Industrial-Organizational Psychologist Salaries

Training Program Development
up arrow 28%

SAS
up arrow 20%


up arrow 9%

National Average
$72,000

Organizational Development
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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