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Institutional Research Specialist Salary

Institutional Research Specialists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $51K per year. Women account for the majority of Institutional Research Specialists who responded to the questionnaire — 62 percent to be exact. Most Institutional Research Specialists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number.

$35,964 - $82,137
MEDIAN: $51,207

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$35,964 - $82,137  
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$35,778 - $81,712  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 109

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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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Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Data Analysis, Statistical Analysis, SPSS, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Research Analysis, Database Management & Reporting, and Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Institutional Research Specialist

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

Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Institutional Research Specialists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $48K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $52K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $57K in this role. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $68K.

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Experience Affects Institutional Research Specialist Salaries

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National Average

Skills That Affect Institutional Research Specialist Salaries

Statistical Analysis
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National Average

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Microsoft Excel
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Database Management & Reporting
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.


62 %
38 %

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: 95% dental benefits Dental: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 79% employee benefits None: 1%