Institutional Research Specialist Salary

Institutional Research Specialists in the United States take home approximately $52K annually on average. More than half of Institutional Research Specialists (62 percent) survey participants are women. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Institutional Research Specialists. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$38,556 - $83,176
MEDIAN: $51,791

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$38,556 - $83,176  
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$37,814 - $82,608  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 101

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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 usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Data Analysis, Statistical Analysis, SPSS, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Research Analysis, Microsoft Excel, and SPSS.

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. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $48K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $54K on average. Institutional Research Specialists bring in $57K after working for 10 to 20 years. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $68K.

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Experience Affects Institutional Research Specialist Salaries

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Skills That Affect Institutional Research Specialist Salaries

Statistical Analysis

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Microsoft Excel
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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: 94% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 77% employee benefits None: 1%