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What You Need to Know About Survey Researcher

Job Description: 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.

A Day in the Life of a Survey Researcher

  • Analyze data from surveys, old records, or case studies, using statistical software.
  • Hire and train recruiters and data collectors.
  • Direct updates and changes in survey implementation and methods.
  • Direct and review the work of staff members, including survey support staff and interviewers who gather survey data.
  • Prepare and present summaries and analyses of survey data, including tables, graphs, and fact sheets that describe survey techniques and results.
  • Review, classify, and record survey data in preparation for computer analysis.

Survey Researcher Skills

These are the skills Survey Researchers say are the most useful in their careers:

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Other Survey Researcher Job Titles

  • Statistician
  • Data Collection Specialist
  • Survey Statistician
  • Survey Researcher
  • Survey Methodologist

Survey Researcher Employment Estimates

In the United States, there were 14,600 jobs for Survey Researcher in 2016. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 2.1% which is below the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 300 new jobs for Survey Researcher by 2026. There will be an estimated 1,400 positions for Survey Researcher per year.

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The states with the most job growth for Survey Researcher are Tennessee, Colorado, and Oregon. Watch out if you plan on working in District of Columbia, Ohio, or Kansas. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

How Much Does a Survey Researcher Make?

The average yearly salary of a Survey Researcher ranges between $29,620 and $103,400.

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Survey Researchers who work in Maryland, North Carolina, or New York, make the highest salaries.

How much do Survey Researchers make in each U.S. state?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alaska $59,270
Arizona $53,660
California $75,150
Colorado $69,530
Connecticut $51,740
Delaware $61,890
District of Columbia $73,690
Hawaii $36,920
Illinois $57,560
Indiana $59,300
Kansas $51,640
Kentucky $57,050
Louisiana $45,210
Maine $56,890
Maryland $90,920
Massachusetts $64,950
Michigan $64,400
Minnesota $62,870
Missouri $52,450
Nebraska $34,230
Nevada $35,410
New Jersey $76,040
New Mexico $39,010
New York $74,130
North Carolina $80,960
Ohio $59,510
Oregon $71,580
Pennsylvania $60,810
Tennessee $45,240
Texas $60,460
Utah $53,020
Virginia $59,410
Washington $66,150
Wisconsin $48,010
Wyoming $71,050

What Tools & Technology do Survey Researchers Use?

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Survey Researchers:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • JavaScript
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Web browser software
  • Python
  • Microsoft Access
  • Email software
  • Word processing software
  • Microsoft Project
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Database software
  • Structured query language SQL
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • SAS
  • Extensible markup language XML
  • IBM SPSS Statistics
  • Oracle PeopleSoft
  • R

Becoming a Survey Researcher

Learn what Survey Researcher education requirements there are.

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How Long Does it Take to Become a Survey Researcher?

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Where Survey Researchers Work

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The table below shows the approximate number of Survey Researchers employed by various industries.

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Those thinking about becoming a Survey Researcher might also be interested in the following careers:

Career changers with experience as a Survey Researcher sometimes find work in one of the following fields:

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