Salary for Survey Researchers

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Also known as:  Pollster, Survey Methodologist, Survey Questionnaire Designer, Survey Researcher helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

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 can get salaries in a range of $33,970 - $110,910 based on seniority levels. can receive an average pay level of sixty-six thousand nine hundred and sixty dollars every year.

have the highest average potential salary in Iowa, where they get average compensation of near $90,890. People in this category of job are paid at the highest average level in Finance and Insurance, where they can earn job pay of $93,260.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 111.47 percent nationwide in that time.


Survey Researchers tend to make the most in the following industries:

Finance and Insurance
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Public Administration

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Health Care and Social Assistance
Educational Services
Other Services (except Public Administration)
Public Administration
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services