Institutional Research Specialist Salary

The average Institutional Research Specialist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $51K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Most Institutional Research Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up a slight majority of Institutional Research Specialists (57 percent) survey respondents.

$36,353 - $80,709

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$36,353 - $80,709  
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$36,130 - $80,316  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 127
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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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Institutional Research Specialists generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Fortunate workers who know SQL command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 25 percent above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay 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.

For Institutional Research Specialists, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $47K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $54K. Institutional Research Specialists bring in $58K after working for 10 to 20 years. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; an Institutional Research Specialist with more than 20 years of experience can earn $70K on average.

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Experience Affects Institutional Research Specialist Salaries

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National Average

Skills That Affect Institutional Research Specialist Salaries

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Statistical Analysis
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National Average

Data Analysis
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Microsoft Excel
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Database Management & Reporting
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Research Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.


57 %
43 %

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: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 76% employee benefits None: 1%