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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

19-3032 Industrial-Organizational Psychologists

Apply principles of psychology to human resources, administration, management, sales, and marketing problems. Activities may include policy planning; employee testing and selection, training, and development; and organizational development and analysis. May work with management to organize the work setting to improve worker productivity.


National estimates for Industrial-Organizational Psychologists
Industry profile for Industrial-Organizational Psychologists
Geographic profile for Industrial-Organizational Psychologists

National estimates for Industrial-Organizational Psychologists: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Industrial-Organizational Psychologists:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
780 13.3 % $ 54.18 $ 112,690 5.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for Industrial-Organizational Psychologists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 27.61 $ 33.55 $ 46.28 $ 66.32 $ 92.69
Annual Wage (2) $ 57,440 $ 69,780 $ 96,270 $ 137,930 $ 192,800


Industry profile for Industrial-Organizational Psychologists: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Industrial-Organizational Psychologists are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Industrial-Organizational Psychologists, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Industrial-Organizational Psychologists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 200 0.03 $ 72.55 $ 150,910
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 200 0.01 $ 50.22 $ 104,470
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 70 0.00 $ 47.52 $ 98,840
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 60 0.00 $ 41.57 $ 86,460

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Industrial-Organizational Psychologists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 200 0.03 $ 72.55 $ 150,910
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 200 0.01 $ 50.22 $ 104,470
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 70 0.00 $ 47.52 $ 98,840
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 60 0.00 $ 41.57 $ 86,460

Top paying industries for Industrial-Organizational Psychologists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 200 0.03 $ 72.55 $ 150,910
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) (8) (8) $ 53.86 $ 112,020
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 200 0.01 $ 50.22 $ 104,470
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 70 (7) $ 47.52 $ 98,840
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 60 (7) $ 41.57 $ 86,460


Geographic profile for Industrial-Organizational Psychologists: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Industrial-Organizational Psychologists are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Industrial-Organizational Psychologists, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Industrial-Organizational Psychologists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 190 0.01 2.05 $ 57.26 $ 119,100
Virginia 100 0.03 4.56 (8) (8)
Texas 40 0.00 0.54 $ 31.17 $ 64,820
Ohio 30 0.01 1.20 $ 47.49 $ 98,770
Pennsylvania 30 0.01 0.99 $ 45.68 $ 95,000




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Industrial-Organizational Psychologists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Virginia 100 0.03 4.56 (8) (8)
California 190 0.01 2.05 $ 57.26 $ 119,100
Ohio 30 0.01 1.20 $ 47.49 $ 98,770
Pennsylvania 30 0.01 0.99 $ 45.68 $ 95,000
Texas 40 0.00 0.54 $ 31.17 $ 64,820




Top paying states for Industrial-Organizational Psychologists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 190 0.01 2.05 $ 57.26 $ 119,100
New Jersey (8) (8) (8) $ 51.24 $ 106,570
Ohio 30 0.01 1.20 $ 47.49 $ 98,770
Pennsylvania 30 0.01 0.99 $ 45.68 $ 95,000
Texas 40 0.00 0.54 $ 31.17 $ 64,820





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Industrial-Organizational Psychologists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 100 0.03 5.62 $ 83.06 $ 172,770




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Industrial-Organizational Psychologists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 100 0.03 5.62 $ 83.06 $ 172,770




Top paying metropolitan areas for Industrial-Organizational Psychologists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 100 0.03 5.62 $ 83.06 $ 172,770
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 62.96 $ 130,950


About May 2020 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021