Institutional Research Specialist Salary

Institutional Research Specialists in the United States pull down an average of $52K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$36,348 - $81,021
MEDIAN: $52,226

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$36,348 - $81,021  
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$36,233 - $80,625  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 158
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Job Description for Institutional Research Specialist

Institutional research specialists are responsible for managing institutional research programs at colleges and universities, as well as providing leadership for all facets of campus operations within the program. This position requires strong communication skills and the ability to solve problems quickly, and familiarity with data programs and spreadsheets is also necessary for data-manipulation.


Institutional Research Specialist Tasks

  • Write data and analysis findings for internal and external circulation.
  • Manage and coordinate research projects, including developing data collection methods.
  • Develop and perform statistical research and surveys.
  • Manage, collect and analyze data from internal sources.
  • Maintain and update database.

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Popular Skills for Institutional Research Specialist

Institutional Research Specialists seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with SQL, Microsoft Excel, and SPSS are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 34 percent, 16 percent, and 14 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Research Analysis and Database Management & Reporting. Most people who know Data Analysis also know Statistical Analysis, Database Management & Reporting, and Research Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Institutional Research Specialist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $48K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $58K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $58K in this role. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $70K.

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Experience Affects Institutional Research Specialist Salaries

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Skills That Affect Institutional Research Specialist Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.


60 %
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 2%