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Salary survey of organisational psychologists
Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference (7th : 2007) & Asia Pacific Congress on Workplace and Organisational Psychology (1st : 2007) (25 - 29 September 2007 : Adelaide)
Dollard, Maureen. Australian journal of psychology : the abstracts of the 7th Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference (IOP)/1st Asia Pacific Congress on Workplace and Organisational Psychology (APCWOP), Vol. 59, Suppl., p.107-108
In August 2006 the first wide-scale salary survey was conducted for Organisational Psychologists. The survey was conducted online and distributed via a snowball emailing system. 231 individuals completed the salary survey online. There was a mix of members (42%) and non members of the College of Organisational Psychology (COP). The study found the median salary for current full time employees working in the organisational psychology field was $88,465 (range $22,000 - $400,000, mean=$106,530). Males average salary ($129,554) was significantly larger than females average salary ($89,027). The study found that gender, age, tenure, job level and number of hours worked per week had a significant effect on salary, whereas the number of years of organisational psychology experience was predictive of salary over and above these factors. Interestingly highest level of education did not significantly influence salary levels. This may make individuals question whether paying for higher educational qualifications is justifiable. Salary levels of organisational psychologists in Australia appeared to be inline with salary levels in the USA and UK. It was also evident that the median salary for organisational psychologists mirrored salary levels of human resource professionals. Therefore organisational psychologists may not be getting rewarded for their extra education and expertise.