FIND PERSONALIZED JOBS
Sign up to Zippia and discover your career options with your personalized career search.
Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.
APPLY NOW
Apply Now
×
FIND
PERSONALIZED JOBS

Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.

CONTENT HAS
BEEN UNLOCKED
Close this window to view unlocked content
or
find interesting jobs in

Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

Sign Up

SIGN UP TO UNLOCK CONTENT

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Forgot Password?

Don't have an account? Sign Up

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

Sign up to save the job and get personalized job recommendations.

Sign up to dismiss the job and get personalized job recommendations.

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Already have an account? Log in

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Company Saved

Answer a few questions and view jobs at that match your preferences.

Where do you want to work?

Job Saved

See your Saved Jobs now

or

find more interesting jobs in

Job Dismissed

Find better matching jobs in

Your search has been saved!

Become A Survey Researcher

Where do you want to work?

To get started, tell us where you'd like to work.
Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.

Working As A Survey Researcher

  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Processing Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $81,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Survey Researcher Do

Survey researchers design surveys and analyze data. Surveys are used to collect factual data, such as employment and salary information, or to ask questions in order to understand people’s opinions, preferences, beliefs, or desires.

Duties

Survey researchers typically do the following:

  • Conduct background research on survey topics
  • Plan and design surveys and determine appropriate survey methods
  • Test surveys to make sure that people will understand the questions being asked
  • Coordinate the work of survey interviewers and data collectors
  • Account for and solve problems caused by nonrespondents or other sampling issues
  • Analyze data using statistical software and techniques
  • Summarize survey data using tables, graphs, and fact sheets
  • Evaluate surveys, methods, and performance to improve future surveys

Survey researchers design and conduct surveys for different research purposes. Surveys for scientific research cover various fields, including government, health, social sciences, and education. For example, a survey researcher may try to capture information about the prevalence of drug use or disease.

Some survey researchers design public opinion surveys, which are intended to gather information about the attitudes and opinions of society or of a certain group. Surveys can cover a wide variety of topics, including politics, culture, the economy, or health.

Other survey researchers design marketing surveys which examine products or services that consumers want, need, or prefer. Researchers who collect and analyze market research data are known as market research analysts.

Survey researchers may conduct surveys in many different formats, such as interviews, questionnaires, and focus groups (in-person, small group sessions with a facilitator). They use different methods to collect data, including the Internet, mail, and telephone and in-person interviews.

Some researchers use surveys to solicit the opinions of an entire population, such as the decennial census, and others use them to target a smaller group, such as a specific demographic group, residents of a particular state, or members of a political party.

Researchers survey a sample of the population and use statistics to make sure the sample accurately represents the target population group. Researchers use a variety of statistical techniques and analytical software to plan surveys, adjust for errors in the data, and analyze the results. 

Survey researchers sometimes supervise interviewers who collect the survey data through in-person interviews or by telephone.

Show More

Show Less

How To Become A Survey Researcher

Many research positions require a master’s degree or Ph.D., though a bachelor’s degree may be sufficient for some entry-level positions. In addition, employers generally prefer candidates who have previous experience performing research, using statistics, and analyzing data.

Education

Many research positions require a master’s degree or Ph.D. Survey researchers can have a master’s degree in a variety of fields, including marketing or survey research, statistics, and the social sciences.

A bachelor’s degree is sufficient for some entry-level positions. To prepare to enter this occupation, students should take courses in research methods, survey methodology, and statistics. Many also may benefit from taking business courses, such as marketing and consumer behavior, and social science courses, such as psychology, sociology, and economics. 

Other Experience

Prospective survey researchers can gain experience through internships or fellowships. Many businesses, research and polling firms, and marketing companies offer internships for college students or recent graduates who want to work in market and survey research.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Survey researchers are not required by law to be licensed or certified. Although not mandatory, certification can show a level of professional competence.

The Marketing Research Association offers the Professional Researcher Certification for survey researchers. To qualify, candidates must have at least 3 years of experience working in opinion and marketing research, pass an exam, and be a member of a professional organization. Researchers must complete continuing education courses and apply for renewal every 2 years to maintain their certification. 

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Survey researchers must be able to apply statistical techniques to large amounts of data and interpret the results correctly. They also should be proficient in the statistical software used to analyze data.

Communication skills. Survey researchers need strong communication skills when conducting surveys and interpreting and presenting results to clients.

Critical-thinking skills. Survey researchers must design or choose a survey and survey method that best captures the information needed. They must also be able to look at the data and draw reasonable conclusions from the results of the survey.

Detail oriented. Survey researchers must pay attention to details, because survey results depend on collecting, analyzing, and reporting the data accurately. 

Problem-solving skills. Survey researchers need problem-solving skills when identifying survey design issues, adjusting survey questions, and interpreting survey results.

Show More

Show Less

Do you work as a Survey Researcher?

Send To A Friend

Survey Researcher Jobs

NO RESULTS

Aw snap, no jobs found.

Add To My Jobs

Do you work as a Survey Researcher?

Help others decide if this is a good career for them

Do you work as a Survey Researcher?

Average Yearly Salary
$81,000
View Detailed Salary Report
$40,000
Min 10%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$164,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
HealthStream
Highest Paying City
Wausau, WI
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
1.2 years
How much does a Survey Researcher make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Survey Researcher in the United States is $81,687 per year or $39 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $40,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $164,000.

Real Survey Researcher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Survey Researcher Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. Princeton, NJ Oct 01, 2014 $117,300 -
$131,900
Survey Researchers Comscore, Inc. Seattle, WA Apr 14, 2014 $96,678
Survey Researchers Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Apr 16, 2014 $96,000 -
$130,000
Senior Survey Researcher ICF MacRo Inc. Rockville, MD Dec 22, 2016 $95,722
Survey Researcher and Advisor Hult International Business School Groveland, FL Jan 12, 2015 $95,000
Survey Researchers Play 2 Grow at Doral, LLC Doral, FL Oct 01, 2013 $89,000
Survey Researcher Peter J. Ruane, M.D. Inc. Los Angeles, CA Nov 23, 2016 $81,000
Social Survey Researcher 1World Online Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 17, 2015 $75,816
Survey Researchers Newbank NY Jan 08, 2014 $71,000
Survey Researchers Nathan Associates Inc. Arlington, VA Sep 11, 2014 $70,380
Survey Researchers Isis Collections, Inc. Carlstadt, NJ Jan 13, 2014 $70,200
Survey Researcher (Program Manager 2-Proddev) Oracle America, Inc. Broomfield, CO Jul 10, 2013 $70,000
Survey Methologist/Survey Researcher BPA International Inc. Garden City, NY Sep 16, 2016 $69,077 -
$85,000
Survey Researcher Sparktran, LLC Hollywood, FL Jan 09, 2016 $65,000
Survey Researcher Image Media Services, Inc. McLean, VA Jul 10, 2015 $49,941
Survey Researcher Cremac Asset Management LLC New York, NY Sep 13, 2014 $49,045
Survey Researcher Sd Tools, Inc. D/B/A M.A.P. Dia Tool NY Apr 15, 2016 $48,173
Survey Researcher Madangsui, Inc. New York, NY Jul 03, 2016 $48,173
Survey Researcher China Labor Watch Inc. New York, NY Sep 15, 2015 $48,001
Survey Researcher Lee-Park Enterprises, LLC DBA Greatree Meriden, CT Sep 02, 2015 $47,133
Survey Researcher Bilingual International Assistance Services Saint Louis, MO Sep 03, 2014 $46,978
Survey Researcher JBS Group, Inc. Arcadia, CA Dec 19, 2016 $46,467
Survey Researcher The Crossroads Group. Inc. Keller, TX Aug 08, 2016 $44,616
Survey Researcher House Foods America Corp Somerset, NJ Jan 08, 2016 $44,554
Survey Researchers International Center for Journalists Washington, DC Jun 16, 2014 $44,200
Market Survey Researcher Hunter Green Associates, Ltd. New York, NY Oct 01, 2013 $43,556
Survey Researcher United Pos Solutions, Inc. Hackensack, NJ Oct 16, 2014 $43,410
Survey Researcher Mori Lee Slaes Corp. New York, NY Nov 10, 2014 $43,410
Senior Survey Researcher CJ Korea Express U.S.A. Corporation Rancho Cucamonga, CA Apr 14, 2015 $42,700

No Results

To get more results, try adjusting your search by changing your filters.

See More Salaries

How Would You Rate The Salary Of a Survey Researcher?

Have you worked as a Survey Researcher? Help other job seekers by rating your experience as a Survey Researcher.

Top Skills for A Survey Researcher

  1. Telephone Surveys
  2. Customer Service
  3. Record Survey Data
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Communicated with individuals through telephone surveys to inform and collect opinions on public policy issues in Michigan
  • Called consumers and businesses giving surveys of different opinions of products purchased or improving customer service within the business
  • Classify and record survey data.
  • Conducted outbound business to business market research surveys.
  • Record Keeping, Data entry, and conducting surveys throughout communities on health, violence, residential updates etc.

Rank:

Average Salary:

Embed On Your Website

Top 10 Best States for Survey Researchers

  1. Maryland
  2. North Carolina
  3. Colorado
  4. New Jersey
  5. New Hampshire
  6. Rhode Island
  7. California
  8. New York
  9. Pennsylvania
  10. Florida
  • (10 jobs)
  • (16 jobs)
  • (4 jobs)
  • (10 jobs)
  • (1 jobs)
  • (0 jobs)
  • (58 jobs)
  • (15 jobs)
  • (13 jobs)
  • (11 jobs)

Survey Researcher Demographics

Gender

Female

48.7%

Male

36.3%

Unknown

14.9%
Ethnicity

White

60.7%

Hispanic or Latino

14.2%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

9.1%

Unknown

4.2%
Show More
Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

46.7%

Chinese

5.3%

Korean

5.3%

Japanese

5.3%

Mandarin

5.3%

French

4.0%

Hindi

2.7%

Vietnamese

2.7%

Cantonese

2.7%

Tagalog

2.7%

Italian

2.7%

Gujarati

2.7%

Arabic

2.7%

Marshallese

1.3%

Portuguese

1.3%

German

1.3%

Greek

1.3%

Bemba

1.3%

Thai

1.3%

Russian

1.3%
Show More

Survey Researcher Education

Schools

Michigan State University

14.7%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

10.9%

University of Florida

7.0%

High Point University

7.0%

University of Illinois at Springfield

7.0%

Patrick Henry Community College

6.2%

Pennsylvania State University

4.7%

Florida State University

3.9%

Portland State University

3.9%

George Mason University

3.9%

University of Nebraska at Omaha

3.9%

University of Phoenix

3.9%

Marist College

3.1%

Georgia State University

3.1%

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

3.1%

Hope College

3.1%

University of Missouri - Columbia

3.1%

Northern Illinois University

3.1%

Christopher Newport University

2.3%

University of New Hampshire

2.3%
Show More
Majors

Business

16.9%

Criminal Justice

8.0%

Marketing

7.1%

Psychology

6.6%

Communication

6.3%

Sociology

6.3%

Health Care Administration

5.7%

Political Science

5.4%

Nursing

4.0%

Biology

4.0%

Social Work

3.4%

Computer Science

3.1%

General Studies

3.1%

Finance

3.1%

Human Resources Management

3.1%

Journalism

3.1%

Kinesiology

2.9%

Public Relations

2.9%

Management

2.6%

Education

2.3%
Show More
Degrees

Bachelors

46.2%

Other

22.2%

Masters

16.2%

Associate

6.9%

Certificate

3.6%

Doctorate

2.5%

Diploma

2.1%

License

0.3%
Show More

Job type you want
Full Time
Part Time
Internship
Temporary

How Would You Rate Working As a Survey Researcher?

Are you working as a Survey Researcher? Help us rate Survey Researcher as a Career.

Top Survey Researcher Employers

Show More

Jobs From Top Survey Researcher Employers

Related to your recently viewed content