Institutional Research Specialist Salary

Average Institutional Research Specialists in the United States make around $52K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. For the most part, Institutional Research Specialists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up a slight majority of Institutional Research Specialists (58 percent) survey respondents. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage.

$35,668 - $80,747
MEDIAN: $51,592

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$35,668 - $80,747  
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$35,610 - $80,333  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 142
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Job Description for Institutional Research Specialist

  • 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 Specialists seem to require a number of specific skills. Lucky workers who know SQL can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 35 percent above average. SPSS and Microsoft Excel are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 4 percent and 35 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Research Analysis and Database Management & Reporting. Most people skilled in Data Analysis are similarly competent in Database Management & Reporting.

Pay by Experience Level for

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

Institutional Research Specialists with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $47K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $56K on average. Institutional Research Specialists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $58K. Institutional Research Specialists who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $71K.

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Experience Affects Salaries

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Skills That Affect Salaries

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Statistical Analysis

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.


58 %
42 %

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: 93% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 2%