Institutional Research Specialists in the United States take home approximately $52K per year on average. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. 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. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$36,507 - $81,831
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MEDIAN: $51,584
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$16.73 - $29.59
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$36,507 - $81,831  
   
Bonus
$1,200  
Total Pay (?
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$36,775 - $81,119  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 135
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$16.73 - $29.59  
   
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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$36,775 - $81,119  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 11

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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


Institutional Research Specialists report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Fortunate workers who know Research Analysis command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 38 percent above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include 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.


Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $46K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $61K. Institutional Research Specialists bring in $60K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 $81K.

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Key Stats for Institutional Research Specialist

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 13 votes.
056
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Institutional Research Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 60%


Experienced
up arrow 19%

National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Institutional Research Specialist Salaries

Research Analysis
up arrow 38%

Statistical Analysis
up arrow 1%

SQL
up arrow 1%

National Average
$51,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

SPSS
up arrow 1%


Database Management & Reporting
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 2%
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