Research Results

Staff in Higher Education

The Staff in Higher Education Survey collects data from more than 750 higher ed institutions on over 198,000 staff in approximately 155 staff positions (office/clerical, technical/paraprofessional, skilled craft, and service/maintenance). Data collected include: salary, sex, race/ethnicity, age and years in position.

2021 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 Staff 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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Related CUPA-HR Research Publications

The Higher Ed Skilled Craft Workforce: Pay, Aging, Diversity, and Equity

The Challenges of an Aging Higher Ed Workforce
Made possible with support from TIAA. 

A Snapshot of the Staff Workforce in Community and Technical Colleges
Made possible with support from VALIC. 

Representation and Pay of Women of Color in the Higher Education Workforce

Better Ways to Plan Your Budget Using CUPA-HR Data

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