Salary for Survey Researchers

Also known as:  Pollster, Survey Methodologist, Survey Questionnaire Designer, Survey Researcher

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The planning and development of surveys are two of the main responsibilities of survey researchers. In addition to designing questions, survey styles, and the details of survey projects, survey researchers analyze raw data, old records and case studies. They use statistical methods to determine important trends in data, and present their findings using charts, graphs, and other visual representations. They may choose the wording of surveys, and the order of survey questions in order to decrease the chance of bias in the results. Additionally, these professionals may create training manuals for use by interviewers, and hire and train other junior personnel. They are generally expected to have a Bachelor's degree, although some have also pursued Master's or doctoral degrees in related subject areas.

A Survey Researcher usually receives a wage somewhere between 32000 and 48000 based on level of experience. Survey Researchers get an average pay level of Forty Two Thousand Nine Hundred dollars yearly.

Survey Researchers obtain the most salary in Maryland, where they earn average pay of about $70930. These professionals make the most money in Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation, where they earn pay of $55670.

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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 33.74 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Survey Researchers tend to make the most in the following industries
Public Administration $55,670
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $54,100
Finance and Insurance $49,760
Other Services (except Public Administration) $45,730
Educational Services $44,530
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $43,090
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Management of Companies and Enterprises $37,000
Manufacturing $39,860
Information $41,500
Health Care and Social Assistance $41,870
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $43,090
Educational Services $44,530
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