Institutional Research Specialist Salary

Earnings for Institutional Research Specialists in the United States come in at around $52K per year on average. Experience level 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 workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction.

$36,348 - $81,021
MEDIAN: $52,226

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$36,348 - $81,021  
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$36,233 - $80,625  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 158
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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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Popular Skills for Institutional Research Specialist

Institutional Research Specialists report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with SQL, Microsoft Excel, and SPSS are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 34 percent, 16 percent, and 14 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Research Analysis and 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.

Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $48K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $58K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $58K in this role. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $70K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.


60 %
40 %

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: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 2%