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Research assistant salary - corporate side of market research

Note: The market research salary and compensation survey was conducted online in April 2014 among Quirk’s subscribers. In total we received 3,721 responses. We received 1,220 usable surveys from client-side researchers (corporate market research) and achieved an interval of 1.53 at the 95 percent confidence level. (Not all respondents answered all questions.)

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Industry Count Base Bonus Dividends* Other* Total
Advertising/Public Relations 1 $33,000 $0 $0 $0 $33,000
Agriculture      
Automotive      
Banking/Financial      
Building Materials/Products      
Computer Hardware/Software      
Construction/Housing      
Consulting      
Consumer Goods      
Education 1 $43,000 $0 $0 $0 $43,000
Entertainment 1 $75,000 $0 $10,000 $5,000 $90,000
Food/Beverage      
Government      
Health Care/Pharmaceuticals 1 $42,000 $0 $0 $0 $42,000
Hospitality (hotels, restaurants, etc.)      
Insurance 3 $58,667 $5,000 $0 $28,667 $92,333
Manufacturing 1 $57,000 $1,000 $0 $0 $58,000
Media/Publishing/Information      
Non-Profits 2 $47,000 $1,500 $500 $0 $49,000
Retail      
Technology/IT/Web      
Telecommunications 1 $25,000 $0 $0 $0 $25,000
Transportation      
Travel      
Utilities/Energy      
Other 2 $42,500 $1,500 $0 $3,000 $47,000
Average 13 $48,462 $1,692 $846 $7,462 $58,462
Region in which located Count Base Bonus Dividends* Other* Total
North East (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT) 1 $25,000 $0 $0 $0 $25,000
Mid Atlantic (NJ, NY, PA)      
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 4 $47,750 $250 $250 $0 $48,250
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 1 $49,000 $0 $0 $0 $49,000
South Atlantic (DC, DE, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 2 $52,500 $3,000 $0 $3,000 $58,500
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 1 $25,000 $0 $0 $0 $25,000
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX)      
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, UT, WY)      
Pacific Coast (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 3 $67,333 $5,000 $3,333 $30,333 $106,000
Canada      
Mexico      
Central and South America      
Eastern Europe      
Western Europe 1 $33,000 $0 $0 $0 $33,000
Asia      
Middle East      
Africa      
Australia/New Zealand      
Average 13 $48,462 $1,692 $846 $7,462 $58,462
Annual revenue/sales of organization Count Base Bonus Dividends* Other* Total
< $1 Million US dollars            
$1M - $3M      
$3M - $6M 1 $57,000 $5,000 $0 $0 $62,000
$6M - $10M      
$10M - $50M 2 $29,000 $0 $0 $0 $29,000
$50M - $100M 1 $75,000 $0 $10,000 $5,000 $90,000
$100M - $300M 1 $42,000 $0 $0 $0 $42,000
$300M - $500M 1 $57,000 $1,000 $0 $0 $58,000
$500M - $1 Billion      
>$1 Billion US dollars 1 $70,000 $10,000 $0 $86,000 $166,000
Average 7 $51,286 $2,286 $1,429 $13,000 $68,000
Number of full-time equivalent market researchers on staff Count Base Bonus Dividends* Other* Total
0            
1 - 2 3 $58,667 $3,667 $333 $28,667 $91,333
3 - 5 3 $49,667 $1,667 $0 $0 $51,333
6 - 10 2 $35,000 $1,500 $0 $0 $36,500
11 - 15 1 $75,000 $0 $10,000 $5,000 $90,000
16  - 25 1 $60,000 $3,000 $0 $6,000 $69,000
>25 3 $33,333 $0 $0 $0 $33,333
Average 13 $48,462 $1,692 $846 $7,462 $58,462
Number of years of experience in marketing research Count Base Bonus Dividends* Other* Total
< 1 year 3 $39,333 $1,000 $0 $2,000 $42,333
1 - 2 3 $59,000 $1,333 $3,333 $1,667 $65,333
3 - 5 3 $36,667 $0 $0 $0 $36,667
6 - 10 3 $58,667 $5,000 $0 $28,667 $92,333
11 - 15 1 $49,000 $0 $1,000 $0 $50,000
16  - 25      
>25      
Average 13 $48,462 $1,692 $846 $7,462 $58,462
Years at current job Count Base Bonus Dividends* Other* Total
< 1 year 4 $39,250 $250 $0 $0 $39,500
1 - 2 3 $60,000 $2,000 $3,333 $3,667 $69,000
3 - 5 3 $39,000 $0 $333 $0 $39,333
6 - 10 3 $58,667 $5,000 $0 $28,667 $92,333
11 - 15      
16  - 25      
>25      
Average 13 $48,462 $1,692 $846 $7,462 $58,462
Amount of work time spent conducting, coordinating and analyzing marketing research Count Base Bonus Dividends* Other* Total
0% 1 $49,000 $0 $0 $0 $49,000
< 15% 1 $60,000 $3,000 $0 $6,000 $69,000
15% - 25% 1 $33,000 $0 $0 $0 $33,000
26% - 50% 1 $57,000 $1,000 $0 $0 $58,000
51% - 75% 2 $46,000 $0 $500 $0 $46,500
> 75% 7 $48,429 $2,571 $1,429 $13,000 $65,429
Average 13 $48,462 $1,692 $846 $7,462 $58,462
Number of employees supervised Count Base Bonus Dividends* Other* Total
0 (None) 12 $50,417 $1,833 $917 $8,083 $61,250
1 - 2      
3 - 5      
6 - 10      
> 10 1 $25,000 $0 $0 $0 $25,000
Average 13 $48,462 $1,692 $846 $7,462 $58,462
Highest degree achieved Count Base Bonus Dividends* Other* Total
High-school graduate 1 $49,000 $0 $0 $0 $49,000
College graduate 10 $46,400 $1,800 $1,100 $9,100 $58,400
Masters program graduate 2 $58,500 $2,000 $0 $3,000 $63,500
Ph.D. graduate      
Average 13 $48,462 $1,692 $846 $7,462 $58,462
Do you hold a marketing research certification? (RIVA, Burke, PRC etc.) Count Base Bonus Dividends* Other* Total
Yes 1 $45,000 $3,000 $0 $0 $48,000
No 12 $48,750 $1,583 $917 $8,083 $59,333
Average 13 $48,462 $1,692 $846 $7,462 $58,462
Gender Count Base Bonus Dividends* Other* Total
Male 3 $40,000 $3,333 $0 $28,667 $72,000
Female 10 $51,000 $1,200 $1,100 $1,100 $54,400
Average 13 $48,462 $1,692 $846 $7,462 $58,462
Age Count Base Bonus Dividends* Other* Total
< 25 4 $44,000 $0 $2,500 $1,250 $47,750
25 - 30 4 $42,250 $1,000 $0 $0 $43,250
31 - 35      
36 - 45 2 $54,500 $1,500 $500 $3,000 $59,500
46 - 55 1 $49,000 $0 $0 $0 $49,000
56 - 65 1 $70,000 $10,000 $0 $86,000 $166,000
66+ 1 $57,000 $5,000 $0 $0 $62,000
Average 13 $48,462 $1,692 $846 $7,462 $58,462