No. Participants in a particular survey receive a discount on the purchase price of results. CUPA-HR members who participate in a given survey receive a 60% discount on the purchase price; nonmembers who participate receive a 32% discount. The discount is automatically calculated when you order the results online.
A list of respondents is available in the Survey Results/Respondents section of our website.
To order survey reports and/or DataOnDemand, visit the Survey Ordering/Pricing section of our website.
NOTE: To order survey results you must use your CUPA-HR login and password. If you have trouble logging in, contact CUPA-HR toll free at 877-287-2474 or by email.
To purchase CUPA-HR survey results, webinars, conferences or other products, you must use your CUPA-HR login and password. Follow the prompts on the CUPA-HR log-in page to obtain your username and reset your password. If you have trouble logging in, contact CUPA-HR toll free at 877-287-2474 or by email.
Institutional CUPA-HR members automatically receive the Administrators in Higher Education Salary Survey report PDF complimentary.
You do not need to order your free report. Directions to download your complimentary report are emailed to you in February.
Pricing for all survey results is based on whether your institution participated in a given survey and, if it did, on whether your institution is a member of CUPA-HR.
Pricing for all surveys is available in the Surveys Ordering/Pricing section of our website.
If your institution has purchased DataOnDemand, we can provide access to an outside consultant hired to perform compensation studies. To request consultant access, send an email to with the following information:
If you do not know what surveys your institution has purchased, contact CUPA-HR Research.
After placing your order online, you will receive an e-mail within 24-48 hours with information on how to access the data. If you purchased a PDF report, log in to the Surveys Online website and click on Downloads to download your report. If you purchased DataOnDemand, click on the DataOnDemand tab to create your comparison groups and run your reports.
To participate in CUPA-HR surveys, please complete the Survey Data Providers form, and we will send your data provider(s) instructions for participating.
The Survey Schedule provides important dates to let you know when you can begin to provide your institution's data and the deadline to do so.
There is no cost to participate in our surveys. However, there is a cost to purchase the survey results.
If you have finished your survey but continue to receive e-mails from us to complete your survey, you have not checked the box that says “My institution has completed this survey.”
Until this box is checked, you will continue to receive e-mails. To check the box, log in to Surveys Online through the CUPA-HR web portal with your CUPA-HR username and password, click on Survey Menu on the Surveys tab, click Go next to the survey in question and check the completed box. Your survey data will now be transmitted to us.
You can view the participants for each survey in the Report Overview of each report.
If you’ve changed institutions or if your name, title, e-mail address or contact numbers are incorrect, follow these steps:
If you are no longer the contact to complete a survey for your institution or if your institution’s contacts have changed, complete our data provider change form.
Visit our DataOnDemand page for a detailed description of DataOnDemand, including a User’s Guide and slideshow.
No. DataOnDemand is never free. DataOnDemand is a subscription data service. Subscription prices are highest for survey non-participants, and lowest for participants who are members of CUPA-HR. To view current pricing, go to our Surveys Pricing page.
Comparison Groups are defined sets of institutions used for benchmarking purposes. They allow you to compare aggregate results of a group to your own school. Comparison groups can be created based on a set of peer institutions, aspirant institutions or institutions matching certain criteria that you specify such as operating budget, enrollment, faculty size, affiliation, geographical location or Carnegie Classification. Every comparison group you create and use must differ from all your other comparison groups in use at your institution by a minimum of three schools. This is true even for groups you have created, used and then deleted. Deleting a used group removes it from your desktop but not from Surveys Online.
DOD is available for the following surveys:
Click on the survey title above to see the report overview for the surveys.
DOD is available to all higher education institutions ONLY. Due to the sensitive and confidential nature of salary data, we reserve the right to confirm the authorization to purchase DOD and to see employee salary data with your HR organization. Users must be authorized by their institution’s HR department to view the salary information.
If you are a consultant you cannot directly order DOD. You will need to ask the institution you are working for to place the order. For DOD orders, the institution must list you as one of the individuals to be given access. DOD access is limited to a maximum of two consultants.
DOD is purchased for each survey and the price is determined by whether you participated in the survey and on whether you are a CUPA-HR member or non-member. To view current pricing, go to our Surveys Pricing page.
Up to six people at your campus location can have access to DOD. There is no charge for additional users. Each user receives his or her own confidential login to DOD. If you are the individual placing the order, please remember that each user will be able to see your institution's salary data (assuming you participated) unless you check on the order that they are NOT authorized to see that data.
DOD opens each year in early February. Your subscription is active from the date of purchase until January 31 of the following year. For example, if you purchase DOD in June, your subscription will expire on January 31. If you purchase DOD on January 21, your subscription will expire 10 days later on January 31. The cost of a DOD subscription is not pro-rated.
Each survey report provides an easy-to-read, national-level summary of the survey, including an executive summary, supporting data tables and a list of responding institutions. DOD is a hands-on application that gives institutions and specified users direct access to survey data. DOD gives users the ability to conduct your own analyses any time you want and as often as you want, using comparison groups that you create. Use of DOD is limited only by the five restrictions in place to protect confidentiality
No. DOD is never complimentary. It must be purchased for each survey for which you wish to generate custom reports. As a member of CUPA-HR, your institution receives the Administrators in Higher Education PDF report complimentary each year in February.
Yes. The user’s guide is located at this link:
Staff (Non-Exempt) Reports:
4-Year Faculty Reports:
Two-Year Faculty Reports:
Healthcare Benefits in Higher Education Reports:
Employee Non-Health Benefits Reports:
See the DOD Users Guide for descriptions.
DataOnDemand reports provide results using institutional average salaries or incumbent salaries; institutional average salaries are the default and incumbent salaries are a user-selectable option. Institutional average salaries calculate statistics based on the average salaries of all individuals in the same position within each institution. The resulting statistics are the best estimate of what the typical institution pays for a position, effectively preventing institutions with a high number of incumbents in that position from overly influencing the results. Incumbent salaries, in contrast, calculate statistics based on the salaries of all individuals who hold a position, regardless of institution. The resulting statistics are the best estimate of what the typical individual earns in a position across all institutions but does not control for institutions with a large number of incumbents.
To comply with DOJ Safe Harbor Guidelines the weighted data option provides salary data only for positions or faculty discipline ranks with 5 or more responding institutions and in which all responding institutions comprise 25.0% or less of the incumbents. If a position or discipline rank has at least 5 responding institutions but one institution represents more than 25% of the incumbents, salary data is not reported.