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2009 Salary Survey of Business, Industry, and Government Statisticians

1 October 2009 14,263 views No Comment
James Dias, Kelly Miller, and Varghese George

surveyThis year, the Biostatistics Consulting and Survey Center in the Department of Biostatistics at the Medical College of Georgia was contracted by the American Statistical Association to design and implement a survey of the association’s nonacademic members in the United States employed by business, industry, or government. Members were asked to report their annual base salary (in dollars) and instructed to not include bonuses, incentives, or other forms of monetary reward. Salary was “annualized” for part-time employed respondents. All salary statistics are reported as full-time equivalents in dollars per year. Salary information, in the form of percentiles, is for a 12-month period and has been rounded to the nearest $500.

The ASA provided a member database of business, industry, and government statisticians that consisted of 4,921 members, 4,628 of whom had valid addresses. All members were surveyed from February to April of 2009. Responses were received from 2,225 individuals with valid addresses (48.1%). Of the remainder with valid addresses, 2,403 either refused or did not respond (51.9%). Based on the responses received, it was determined that 212 individuals were not eligible to be included in the final analysis.

Those who were ineligible were either employed in academia, unemployed, not employed as a statistician, retired, or reported that they did not meet the questionnaire’s definition of a statistician. Thirty-eight individuals who were eligible and responded did not report salary information and were re-coded as “nonresponders.” When adjusted for delivery failure, eligibility, and nonresponse, 1,975 (2,225 – 212 – 38) eligible responses were received from an adjusted eligible total of 4,416 (4,628 – 212), for an adjusted response rate of 44.7%.

In the salary tables, the 10th and 90th percentiles for table rows (categories) with fewer than 20 observations were suppressed. Also, all percentiles for table rows (categories) with fewer than 10 observations were suppressed.

Table 1 reports salary percentiles categorized by employer type, geographic region, managerial responsibility, gender, highest degree, years of experience, and application area or job type.

Salary percentiles—cross-classified by years of experience, highest degree, and whether the respondent had managerial responsibility—are given in Table 2. Note that there were too few respondents with bachelor’s as their highest degree to be included in Table 2.

Table 3, however, reports salary percentiles categorized by years of experience for those with a bachelor’s as their highest degree.

Table 4 reports salary percentiles cross-classified by employer type and highest degree.

Salary percentiles cross-classified by employer type, application area or job type, and highest degree are given in Table 5 for those with a master’s degree or doctorate.

Click here for a final report of the survey. In addition to the salary tables presented here, the final report details the survey design, its administration and implementation, survey response rates, respondent characteristics, and various descriptive statistics for selected survey items. The survey questionnaire, sample postal and email invitation letters, and sample email reminders also are appended to the final report.

The survey was conducted under the directives of Keith Crank, ASA research and graduate education manager, and the Statistical Partnerships among Academe, Industry, and Government Committee.

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