Research Results

Professionals in Higher Education

The Professionals in Higher Education Survey collects data on more than 240,000 professionals in 387 mid-level professional positions from more than 1,130 higher ed institutions. Data collected include: salary, exempt status (exempt or non-exempt),  sex, race/ethnicity, age and years in position.

Survey Participants

Survey Participation and Information Template
Includes instructions, position descriptions, upload template and more.

Participating Institutions  |  Data Use Agreement  |  Data Anonymity Statement

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Annual Report

The Professionals in Higher Education Annual Report contains detailed aggregate salary information and in-depth analysis of key results. Read the overview.

Data Trends

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