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Market Research Jobs > Salary by Job Title >  Owner/Partner

Owner/Parner compensation at a market research company

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 1,746 usable surveys from provider-side researchers (market research company employees) and achieved an interval of 1.53 at the 95 percent confidence level. (Not all respondents answered all questions.) 

For a complete survey results follow the link below:
Market research salaries by job title


Owner/Partner salary and compensation by:

Region in which located Count Base Bonus Dividends* Other* Total
North East (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT) 26 $146,077 $27,115 $25,654 $16,577 $215,423
Mid Atlantic (NJ, NY, PA) 39 $150,462 $44,744 $33,821 $23,256 $252,282
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 50 $138,880 $19,260 $24,000 $7,160 $189,300
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 20 $111,250 $23,150 $39,450 $4,700 $178,550
South Atlantic (DC, DE, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 46 $121,761 $25,174 $29,696 $10,978 $187,609
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 5 $66,000 $86,800 $76,000 $5,070 $233,870
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 16 $116,563 $60,438 $8,250 $4,188 $189,438
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, UT, WY) 19 $127,895 $65,368 $13,421 $9,474 $216,158
Pacific Coast (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 49 $138,959 $25,837 $18,735 $7,918 $191,449
Canada 17 $103,647 $38,647 $13,118 $12,588 $168,000
Mexico 3 $54,333 $21,333 $0 $4,667 $80,333
Central and South America 11 $78,636 $6,182 $25,545 $3,455 $113,818
Eastern Europe 11 $42,000 $25,636 $18,000 $2,636 $88,273
Western Europe 21 $71,810 $10,476 $33,143 $7,429 $122,857
Asia 12 $65,000 $29,833 $13,500 $1,333 $109,667
Middle East 3 $53,667 $24,333 $20,000 $6,000 $104,000
Africa 4 $131,500 $3,000 $16,750 $5,500 $156,750
Australia/New Zealand 9 $157,778 $41,667 $42,778 $21,778 $264,000
Average 361 $120,546 $30,615 $25,202 $10,134 $186,497
Annual revenue/sales of organization Count Base Bonus Dividends* Other* Total
< $1 Million US dollars 182 $91,044 $12,736 $11,555 $5,621 $120,956
$1M - $3M 95 $137,621 $44,884 $43,758 $11,667 $237,930
$3M - $6M 22 $182,727 $49,045 $20,318 $30,182 $282,273
$6M - $10M 24 $162,833 $56,958 $15,750 $10,625 $246,167
$10M - $50M 15 $210,400 $98,533 $67,400 $19,133 $395,467
$50M - $100M 2 $70,000 $0 $0 $0 $70,000
$100M - $300M 3 $47,333 $23,667 $2,333 $3,000 $76,333
$300M - $500M 3 $250,000 $16,667 $6,667 $0 $273,333
$500M - $1 Billion 2 $66,000 $0 $135,000 $0 $201,000
>$1 Billion US dollars 1 $85,000 $4,000 $5,000 $2,000 $96,000
Average 349 $120,278 $30,461 $24,063 $9,594 $184,396
Number of full-time equivalent market researchers on staff Count Base Bonus Dividends* Other* Total
0 20 $103,300 $8,850 $1,600 $5,300 $119,050
1 - 2 130 $110,808 $16,546 $16,600 $5,792 $149,746
3 - 5 65 $94,938 $26,062 $24,308 $6,708 $152,015
6 - 10 47 $116,426 $36,787 $16,149 $16,894 $186,255
11 - 15 29 $154,862 $59,034 $60,621 $17,310 $291,828
16  - 25 21 $150,000 $43,048 $13,000 $15,857 $221,905
>25 39 $164,462 $60,128 $47,128 $11,906 $283,624
Average 351 $120,140 $30,519 $23,926 $9,653 $184,237
Number of years of experience in marketing research Count Base Bonus Dividends* Other* Total
< 1 year 1 $62,000 $0 $0 $3,000 $65,000
1 - 2 2 $12,500 $0 $20,000 $0 $32,500
3 - 5 2 $33,500 $5,000 $0 $3,500 $42,000
6 - 10 23 $112,957 $21,739 $18,522 $4,174 $157,391
11 - 15 46 $93,174 $32,087 $21,717 $7,630 $154,609
16  - 25 131 $121,427 $29,565 $21,412 $9,153 $181,557
>25 146 $131,123 $33,240 $28,274 $11,859 $204,496
Average 351 $119,912 $30,519 $23,926 $9,651 $184,007
Years at current job Count Base Bonus Dividends* Other* Total
< 1 year 8 $75,625 $0 $20,500 $3,625 $99,750
1 - 2 29 $91,759 $12,966 $26,483 $6,828 $138,034
3 - 5 59 $122,881 $25,661 $13,712 $4,746 $167,000
6 - 10 67 $125,254 $42,254 $27,104 $8,657 $203,269
11 - 15 68 $118,103 $44,162 $23,544 $11,529 $197,338
16  - 25 70 $116,457 $24,000 $16,643 $11,371 $168,471
>25 49 $140,367 $26,694 $42,347 $14,701 $224,109
Average 350 $119,911 $30,606 $23,994 $9,678 $184,190
Amount of work time spent conducting, coordinating and analyzing marketing research Count Base Bonus Dividends* Other* Total
0% 12 $116,000 $33,500 $41,917 $27,583 $219,000
< 15% 28 $134,393 $44,357 $28,071 $15,071 $221,893
15% - 25% 36 $141,111 $48,861 $30,333 $16,417 $236,722
26% - 50% 40 $113,950 $24,825 $22,050 $8,575 $169,400
51% - 75% 100 $124,010 $30,770 $24,390 $8,310 $187,480
> 75% 133 $111,090 $24,353 $20,271 $5,785 $161,499
Average 349 $120,255 $30,693 $24,063 $9,419 $184,431
Number of employees supervised Count Base Bonus Dividends* Other* Total
0 (None) 91 $111,088 $13,484 $10,780 $4,725 $140,077
1 - 2 80 $108,588 $21,300 $30,500 $7,663 $168,050
3 - 5 72 $114,569 $43,681 $28,833 $10,319 $197,403
6 - 10 47 $139,660 $41,787 $19,894 $11,454 $212,795
> 10 60 $142,433 $44,433 $32,683 $17,700 $237,250
Average 350 $120,443 $30,589 $23,980 $9,675 $184,687
Highest degree achieved Count Base Bonus Dividends* Other* Total
High-school graduate 20 $89,550 $17,550 $19,500 $6,450 $133,050
College graduate 130 $120,015 $25,515 $25,254 $13,623 $184,408
Masters program graduate 156 $117,571 $37,923 $22,628 $7,374 $185,496
Ph.D. graduate 45 $141,222 $25,067 $26,556 $7,489 $200,333
Average 351 $119,912 $30,519 $23,926 $9,651 $184,007
Do you hold a marketing research certification? (RIVA, Burke, PRC etc.) Count Base Bonus Dividends* Other* Total
Yes 82 $120,402 $21,939 $21,232 $9,927 $173,500
No 269 $119,762 $33,134 $24,747 $9,566 $187,209
Average 351 $119,912 $30,519 $23,926 $9,651 $184,007
Gender Count Base Bonus Dividends* Other* Total
Male 214 $121,201 $36,757 $31,336 $10,502 $199,796
Female 137 $117,898 $20,774 $12,350 $8,321 $159,343
Average 351 $119,912 $30,519 $23,926 $9,651 $184,007
Age Count Base Bonus Dividends* Other* Total
< 25            
25 - 30 1 $7,000 $10,000 $0 $0 $17,000
31 - 35 12 $58,167 $12,583 $8,333 $4,500 $83,583
36 - 45 95 $118,263 $24,326 $19,811 $8,242 $170,642
46 - 55 118 $124,000 $36,475 $29,780 $11,545 $201,800
56 - 65 96 $128,813 $36,188 $26,333 $9,958 $201,292
66+ 29 $108,655 $15,931 $12,897 $8,000 $145,483
Average 351 $119,912 $30,519 $23,926 $9,651 $184,007