Industrial-Organizational Psychologist Salary Information

Though the number of Industrial-organizational (I-O) psychologists in the U.S. is small (currently just over 1,000), I-O is one of the fastest growing and highest paying fields in the nation.

Annual Salaries of Industrial-Organizational Psychologists

The I-O Psyhcologist national mean salary is $104,570, which is 110% higher than the avg mean wage for All Occupations listed in the BLS and 10-33% higher than average mean wages for all other Psychology careers listed in the BLS.According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2016 data), the median wage for industrial-organizational psychologists is $39.79 per hour and $82,760 per year. The lower 10th percentile median annual wage is $52,950 annually and upper 90th percentile is $184,380.As is the case with most jobs, salary figures will vary depending on what part of the country you live in, your level of education, and years of work experience. 

Salaries by Popular Job Title

The following are annual median salaries for industrial-organizational psychologists by BLS job title.
OccupationAnnual Median Wage
Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities$149,000
Scientific Research and Development Services$139,690
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services$120,750
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences$120,380
Management of Companies and Enterprises$110,760
Cross-industry, Private Ownership Only$109,780
Finance and Insurance$105,310
Cross-industry, Private, Federal, State, and Local Government$97,260
Health Care and Social Assistance$81,700
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services$76,820
Educational Services – Privately owned$66,380
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools$64,540
Educational Services$63,170
Federal, State, and Local Government$61,290

Salary by Gender

The salaries for industrial-organizational psychologists vary by gender in 2015 as shown below. Median income levels have increased at an average yearly rate of 2.98% for men and 3.29% for women.
  • Women – $104,750
  • Men – $116,779


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Source: US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics,,