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. Women Institutional Research Specialists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$36,297 - $80,789
MEDIAN: $51,122

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$36,297 - $80,789  
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$36,087 - $80,394  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 126
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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 report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. 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 many Institutional Research Specialists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $47K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $54K on average. Institutional Research Specialists see a median salary of $58K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Institutional Research Specialists who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $70K.

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Experience Affects Institutional Research Specialist Salaries

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Skills That Affect Institutional Research Specialist Salaries

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Statistical Analysis
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Data Analysis

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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 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: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 75% employee benefits None: 1%