Survey Researchers
SOC: 19-3022.00


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.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
16,700 employed

Projected (2024):
18,700 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Consultant
  • Field Interviewer
  • Market Survey Representative
  • Pollster
  • Recruiter
  • Research Assistant
  • Research Associate
  • Research Fellow
  • Research Interviewer
  • Research Methodologist
  • Study Director
  • Survey Analyst
  • Survey Associate
  • Survey Director
  • Survey Methodologist
  • Survey Operations Director
  • Survey Questionnaire Designer
  • Survey Research Analyst
  • Survey Research Associate
  • Survey Research Center Director
  • Survey Research Manager
  • Survey Researcher
  • Survey Statistician
  • Telephone Interviewer

  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed


    Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.


    Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

    Job Training:

    Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media

  • Tasks:

  • Prepare and present summaries and analyses of survey data, including tables, graphs, and fact sheets that describe survey techniques and results.
  • Consult with clients to identify survey needs and specific requirements, such as special samples.
  • Analyze data from surveys, old records, or case studies, using statistical software.
  • Review, classify, and record survey data in preparation for computer analysis.
  • Conduct research to gather information about survey topics.
  • Conduct surveys and collect data, using methods such as interviews, questionnaires, focus groups, market analysis surveys, public opinion polls, literature reviews, and file reviews.
  • Collaborate with other researchers in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of surveys.
  • Direct and review the work of staff members, including survey support staff and interviewers who gather survey data.
  • Monitor and evaluate survey progress and performance, using sample disposition reports and response rate calculations.
  • Produce documentation of the questionnaire development process, data collection methods, sampling designs, and decisions related to sample statistical weighting.
  • Determine and specify details of survey projects, including sources of information, procedures to be used, and the design of survey instruments and materials.
  • Support, plan, and coordinate operations for single or multiple surveys.
  • Direct updates and changes in survey implementation and methods.
  • Hire and train recruiters and data collectors.
  • Write training manuals to be used by survey interviewers.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Laser printers
  • Notebook computers
  • Optical character readers
  • Personal computers
  • Personal digital assistants PDA
  • Scanners
  • Tablet computers
  • Acarda CallAssist
  • Acarda ForbiddenCalls
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Cold Fusion
  • Apian SurveyPro
  • Argus Perceptual Mapper
  • Askia Analyse
  • Askia Design
  • Askia Face
  • Askia Vista
  • Askia Voice
  • Askia Web
  • C++
  • CfMC SoundSurvent
  • COMCON DataFriend
  • Computer assisted telephone interviewing CATI software
  • Creative Research Survey System
  • Database software
  • DATAN Merlin Fastab
  • Dataxiom StatMost
  • Dataxiom Xpro
  • E-Tabs software
  • Email software
  • Extensible markup language XML
  • EZ Forms software
  • Future Information Research Management Confirmit
  • Gamma Associates mTab
  • Graphics software
  • Gravic Principia Remark
  • Harmoni ESPRI
  • Harmoni software
  • Interviewer software
  • Ioxphere software
  • JavaScript
  • KMR software
  • LogIT Systems software
  • Memphis Survey Explorer
  • Mentor software
  • Merlinco MERLIN
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microtab XP software
  • NCSS software
  • Oracle Java
  • Oracle PeopleSoft
  • P-STAT software
  • Perseus SurveySolutions
  • Point-of-View QWriter
  • Postal boundary mapping software
  • Power & Precision software
  • Practical extraction and reporting language Perl
  • Pulsar software
  • Pulse Train Bellview CAPTI
  • Pulse Train Bellview Scan
  • Pulse Train Bellview TCI
  • Pulse Train Bellview Web
  • Pulse Train Pulser Web
  • Pulse Train Visual QSL
  • Python
  • QPSMR Limited CATI
  • QPSMR Limited Input
  • QPSMR Limited Insight
  • QPSMR Limited Reflect
  • Question interchange profile QUIP software
  • QuestionPro software
  • R
  • RandomForest software
  • Raosoft SURVEYWin
  • Research Spectrum Survent CATI
  • Salford Systems CART
  • Salford Systems TreeNet
  • SAS software
  • Sawtooth SSI Web
  • Scantron Technologies eListen
  • SDA Survey
  • Snap Survey Software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • SPSS software
  • StarData software
  • StataCorp Stata
  • Statistical software
  • Statistical Solutions SOLAS
  • StatPoint software
  • StatSoft STATISTICA software
  • Structured query language SQL
  • SumQuest software
  • Survey Said software
  • Tableau software
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • TURBO Spring-Stat
  • Verity TELEform
  • Viking software
  • Voxco PRONTO
  • Voxco StatXP
  • Web browser software
  • Word processing software

  • life physical and social science

    industry stats

    SOC: 19-0000

    Total Employed: 1,146,110

    Average Annual Salary: $71,220