Earnings for Institutional Research Specialists in the United States come in at around $52K per year on average. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Institutional Research Specialists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women Institutional Research Specialists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage.

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MEDIAN: $51,674
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$35,744 - $81,372  
   
Bonus
$1,200  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$35,827 - $80,871  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 132
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$19.85  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$1,200  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$35,827 - $80,871  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 8
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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.

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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


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Research Analysis, SQL, Statistical Analysis, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Database Management & Reporting and SPSS. Most people skilled in Data Analysis are similarly competent in 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.


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 $60K on average. Institutional Research Specialists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $60K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $80K on average.

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Experience Affects Institutional Research Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 56%


Experienced
up arrow 17%

National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Institutional Research Specialist Salaries

Research Analysis
up arrow 14%

SQL
up arrow 1%

Statistical Analysis
0%

National Average
$51,000

Data Analysis
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

SPSS
up arrow 4%

Database Management & Reporting
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
medical benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 2%
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