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Industry Report:
2009 Information / Data Quality Salary and Job Satisfaction Report
July 2009
Elizabeth Pierce, C. Lwanga Yonke, and Apolonia Lintag

Understanding the Compensation and Outlook of Information / Data Quality Professionals

This report presents the findings of a March 2009 survey jointly conducted by the International Association for Information and Data Quality (IAIDQ) and the Information Quality Program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR-IQ). The purpose of the survey was to gain insight on the compensation and job satisfaction of information/data quality (IDQ) professionals across the globe. As the first of its kind, this survey represents a major milestone for the information/data quality profession. This report provides a valuable tool that information/data quality practitioners, job seekers, employers, and the academic community can use to:

  • Evaluate the compensation (salary, bonuses, and benefits) of IDQ professionals
  • Assess the current employment status of IDQ professionals in organizations.
  • Gauge IDQ professionals’ satisfaction with their position, compensation, and the information/data quality discipline.

IDQ professionals earned an average 2008 annual salary of $95,240 USD. Approximately 80% of IDQ professionals reported receiving a bonus in 2008 with the average amount being $13,890 USD. Roughly two-thirds of respondents have been in their current position 4 years or less and in their organization 6 years or longer. Salaries in the USA tend to be higher than in the rest of the world, with those in the USA’s Pacific region being the highest.

As a whole, IDQ professionals are optimistic about their field and their employment prospects. While generally satisfied with their current compensation and job description, IDQ professionals would like to see improvements such as the chance to develop new skills/responsibilities and better opportunities for promotion/advancement, IDQ professionals see demonstrating the value of data quality to their employers as one of their biggest challenges. Nevertheless, the majority of them indicate that they are not looking for a new job in this difficult economy and report that they feel secure or very secure in their current position.