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Salary Survey of Business, Industry, and Government Statisticians

1 October 2011 9,366 views 4 Comments

This year, the Biostatistics Consulting and Survey Center in the department of biostatistics at the Georgia Health Sciences University 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 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. The database consisted of 4,933 members, 4,599 of whom had valid addresses. All members were invited to participate in the survey. The online survey was made available from April 6 to May 10. Responses were received from 1,802 individuals with valid addresses (39.2%). Of the remainder with valid addresses, 2,797 either refused or did not respond (60.8%). Based on the responses received, it was determined that 155 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 they did not meet the questionnaire’s definition of a statistician. Thirty-two 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, 1,615 (1,802 – 155 – 32) eligible responses were received from an adjusted eligible total of 4,444 (4,599 – 155), for an adjusted response rate of 36.3%.

In the salary tables that follow, 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 or doctorate degree.

Table 1—Annual Salaries ($1,000s) of Statisticians in Business, Industry, and Government

Table 2—Annual Salaries ($1,000s) of Statisticians in Business, Industry, and Government Categorized by Years of Experience, Highest Degree, and Managerial Responsibility

Table 3—Annual Salaries ($1,000s) of Statisticians in Business, Industry, and Government with a Bachelor’s Degree, Categorized by Years of Experience

Table 4—Annual Salaries ($1,000s) of Statisticians in Business, Industry, and Government Categorized by Employer and Highest Degree

Table 5—Annual Salaries ($1,000s) of Statisticians in Business, Industry, and Government Categorized by Employer, Application Area or Type of Job, and Highest Degree

In addition to the salary tables presented here, the final report details the survey design, its administration and implementation, survey response rate, respondent characteristics, and various descriptive statistics for selected survey items. The survey questionnaire and email invitation/reminder message 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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  • Jake W. said:

    From Table 1, the 25th to 75th salary percentile for 0-2 years of experience is $75,000 to $115,000. I don’t believe these numbers. I sure wish they were true. When I graduate in the Spring 2012, I’ll be satisfied if I get a job making $40,000.

  • nick said:

    right now, it’s true. just focus on “analyst” jobs. especially in the tech world.

  • Tom Messer said:

    This is rather different from the Bureau of Labor Survey.


    Does anyone know why?


  • Keith Crank said:

    There are a number of possible explanations for the differences between our survey and the BLS numbers. This survey only includes ASA members and is dominated by those with a PhD. This survey also includes managers, which BLS would place in a separate category. I believe that BLS would also classify some people as statisticians that we might not think of as statisticians. All of these could result in higher numbers in our survey than in the BLS survey.