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Organizational Psychology Salary: What You’ll Earn

Find out what you could earn as an industrial-organizational psychologist.

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The salary range for psychologists can vary widely based on a variety of factors, including years of experience in the field, where you live, and the location and size of the company or organization you work for. Type of company (profit or non-profit?) may come into play as well.

Median Annual Salary

Organizational psychology offers great pay potential, and an encouraging job market, despite the small size of the field. Here are salaries, job growth, and state median pay.

Industrial-Organizational Psychologists

National data

Median Salary: $139,280

Projected job growth: 3.8%

10th Percentile: $72,490

25th Percentile: $85,990

75th Percentile: $209,630

90th Percentile: $210,030

Projected job growth: 3.8%

State data

State Median Salary Bottom 10% Top 10%
California $120,940 $80,270 $173,360
Massachusetts $64,790 $64,790 $126,370
Missouri $65,460 $59,030 $122,460
North Carolina $72,760 $53,500 $88,000
Ohio $122,460 $80,430 $127,620
Oregon $73,620 $59,130 $161,540

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 2022 median salary; projected job growth through 2031. Actual salaries vary depending on location, level of education, years of experience, work environment, and other factors. Salaries may differ even more for those who are self-employed or work part time.

What is my earning potential?

Salaries for industrial-organizational psychologists can be lucrative, with the BLS reporting that the top 10% earned more than $210,030. As with every career, experience plays an enormous factor in salary.

How does an organizational psychologist salary compare to other psychology careers?

Psychologists tend to make a good salary. Compare the median salaries below, broken out by specialty, according to the BLS.

Career Median Annual Salary
Industrial-Organizational Psychologists $139,280
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists $90,130
Psychologists, All Other $106,420
School Psychologists $81,500

What kinds of companies hire organizational psychologists?

Often, people in this career field will work as independent contractors and consultants. According to the BLS, industrial-organizational psychologists are most frequently employed by the following types of industries:

  • Scientific research and development
  • Colleges and universities
  • State governments

Industrial-Organizational Psychology Salaries by Employer Type

Different industries also tend to pay their workers more or less. Compare the salaries of I/O psychologist in the top-paying industries.

Employer TypeMedian Wage
Scientific Research and Development$122,660
State Government$91,950
Colleges and Universities$110,070

Is there demand for this career?

Demand for industrial-organizational psychologists will increase as more and more organizations and companies acknowledge and require their services to help hire and retain employees. I/O psychologists will also be relied upon to increase productivity in the workplace by identifying potential improvement areas.

What is the job growth for the field?

Employment of organizational psychologists is expected to grow 3.8% through 2031. This is right below the national average for all careers. Do note, though, that national long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Competition will be tough for graduates of I/O psychology until the field widens and job opportunities arise. The BLS reports that since the occupation is still small, competition may be fierce for the most desirable jobs. There will also be heavy competition due to the large number of qualified graduates coming out of universities and colleges.

How do I advance in my organizational psychology career?

Graduates with a master’s degree can find entry directly into the field as an industrial-organizational psychologist, but the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests that getting extensively trained in quantitative research methods or computer science may provide the competitive edge you’ll need to actually land a position in the field. Too, earning a PhD or PsyD in I/O psychology can better prepare you for academic and research roles. To learn more about the education required for industrial-organizational psychologists, research your options, select your program and talk to a school of your choice today.