How Much Do Survey Researchers Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Survey Researchers

Survey Researchers plan, develop, or conduct surveys. May analyze and interpret the meaning of survey data, determine survey objectives, or suggest or test question wording. Includes social scientists who primarily design questionnaires or supervise survey teams.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$66960 per year
Hourly wage
$32 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$33,970 to $44,680 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$16 to $21 per hour

Entry-level Survey Researchers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $33,970 to $44,680 per year or $16 to $21 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Survey Researchers to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $53 $110,910
Senior (Top 25%) $39 $81,830
Middle (Mid 50%) $29 $59,870
Junior (Bottom 25%) $21 $44,680
No experience (Bottom 10%) $16 $33,970

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
IA $44 $90,890
DC $43 $89,510
MD $42 $88,140
NY $41 $84,810
NJ $38 $79,500
NC $37 $75,960
CO $35 $71,870
SC $34 $69,750
WA $33 $69,650
VA $33 $69,470

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Survey Researcher is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like IA doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at IA might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Survey Researchers are in the states of IA, DC, MD, NY and NJ.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Scientific Research and Development Services $81230 $39.05
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers $81030 $38.96
Management of Companies and Enterprises $76680 $36.87
Grantmaking and Giving Services $76430 $36.74
Employment Services $75820 $36.45
Educational Support Services $72030 $34.63
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $68050 $32.72
State Government $67600 $32.50
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations $66310 $31.88
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $64130 $30.83
Local Government $63750 $30.65
Social Advocacy Organizations $59060 $28.40
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $58230 $28.00
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $57180 $27.49
Computer Systems Design and Related Services $55460 $26.66
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services $51700 $24.86
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