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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 2013 among Quirk’s subscribers. In total we received 3,539 responses. We received 1,247 usable surveys from client-side researchers (corporate market research) and achieved an interval of 2.8 at the 95 percent confidence level. (Not all respondents answered all questions.) 

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Industry Count Base Bonus Other Total
Advertising/Public Relations 1 $32,000 $1,000   $33,000
Agriculture          
Automotive          
Banking/Financial          
Building Materials/Products          
Computer Hardware/Software          
Construction/Housing          
Consulting          
Consumer Goods 1 $71,000   $9,000 $80,000
Education 1 $30,000     $30,000
Entertainment          
Food/Beverage 1 $8,000 $3,000   $11,000
Government          
Health Care/Pharmaceuticals 1 $49,000     $49,000
Hospitality (hotels, restaurants, etc.) 1 $30,000     $30,000
Insurance          
Manufacturing          
Media/Publishing/Information 1 $15,000     $15,000
Non-Profits 2 $44,500 $1,500 $2,000 $48,000
Retail          
Technology/IT/Web          
Telecommunications          
Transportation          
Travel 2 $41,500 $7,000   $48,500
Utilities/Energy 1 $18,000     $18,000
Other          
Average 12 $35,417 $2,800 $5,500 $43,717
 

Region in which employee is located Count Base Bonus Other Total
North East (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT) 1 $49,000     $49,000
Mid Atlantic (NJ, NY, PA)          
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 2 $59,000 $1,000 $5,500 $65,500
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 1 $32,000 $1,000   $33,000
South Atlantic (DC, DE, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 2 $36,000 $2,000   $38,000
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN)          
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 1 $45,000 $7,000   $52,000
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, UT, WY)          
Pacific Coast (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 2 $28,000     $28,000
Canada          
Mexico          
Central and South America          
Eastern Europe 1 $15,000     $15,000
Western Europe          
Asia 1 $8,000 $3,000   $11,000
Middle East          
Africa 1 $30,000     $30,000
Australia/New Zealand          
Average 12 $35,417 $2,800 $5,500 $43,717
 

Annual revenue/sales of organization Count Base Bonus Other Total
< $1 Million US dollars          
$1M - $3M 2 $22,500     $22,500
$3M - $6M          
$6M - $10M          
$10M - $50M 1 $38,000     $38,000
$50M - $100M 1 $45,000 $7,000   $52,000
$100M - $300M 1 $32,000 $1,000   $33,000
$300M - $500M 2 $13,000 $3,000   $16,000
$500M - $1 Billion 1 $49,000     $49,000
>$1 Billion US dollars 1 $71,000   $9,000 $80,000
Average 9 $34,000 $3,667 $9,000 $46,667
 

Number of full-time equivalent market researchers on staff Count Base Bonus Other Total
0 1 $30,000     $30,000
1 - 2 3 $41,333 $3,000 $2,000 $46,333
3 - 5 1 $38,000     $38,000
6 - 10 4 $20,750 $2,500   $23,250
11 - 15          
16  - 25 1 $49,000     $49,000
>25 1 $71,000   $9,000 $80,000
Average 11 $35,909 $2,800 $5,500 $44,209
 

Number of years experience in marketing research Count Base Bonus Other Total
< 1 year 4 $28,750 $3,667   $32,417
1 - 2 2 $45,500 $2,000   $47,500
3 - 5 2 $26,500     $26,500
6 - 10 1 $47,000 $1,000 $2,000 $50,000
11 - 15 1 $71,000   $9,000 $80,000
16  - 25          
>25 1 $18,000     $18,000
Average 11 $35,909 $2,800 $5,500 $44,209
 

Amount of work time spent conducting, coordinating and analyzing marketing research Count Base Bonus Other Total
0% 2 $39,500     $39,500
< 15%          
15% - 25%          
26% - 50% 3 $33,333 $3,667 $2,000 $39,000
51% - 75% 3 $41,333   $9,000 $50,333
> 75% 3 $30,667 $1,500   $32,167
Average 11 $35,909 $2,800 $5,500 $44,209
 

Number of employees supervised Count Base Bonus Other Total
0 (None) 10 $37,700 $2,800 $5,500 $46,000
1 - 2          
3 - 5          
6 - 10 1 $18,000     $18,000
> 10          
Average 11 $35,909 $2,800 $5,500 $44,209
 

Highest Degree Achieved Count Base Bonus Other Total
High-school graduate 1 $18,000     $18,000
College graduate 8 $41,500 $2,800 $5,500 $49,800
Masters program graduate 2 $22,500     $22,500
Ph.D. graduate          
Average 11 $35,909 $2,800 $5,500 $44,209
 

Do you hold a marketing research certification? (RIVA, Burke, PRC etc.) Count Base Bonus Other Total
Yes 1 $30,000     $30,000
No 10 $36,500 $2,800 $5,500 $44,800
Average 11 $35,909 $2,800 $5,500 $44,209
 

Gender Count Base Bonus Other Total
Male 6 $29,667 $4,000   $33,667
Female 5 $43,400 $2,000 $5,500 $50,900
Average 11 $35,909 $2,800 $5,500 $44,209
 

Age Count Base Bonus Other Total
< 25 2 $37,000 $1,500   $38,500
25 - 30 5 $28,000 $3,000   $31,000
31 - 35 1 $45,000 $7,000   $52,000
36 - 45 1 $47,000 $1,000 $2,000 $50,000
46 - 55 2 $44,500   $9,000 $53,500
56 - 65          
66+          
Average 11 $35,909 $2,800 $5,500 $44,209