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NIRSA Salary Benchmarking

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This tool is a benefit of NIRSA Institutional Membership

Access to data filtering within the Salary Census platform is a benefit of institutional membership. To become an institutional member and gain access to the platform’s filters, click here to learn more about NIRSA institutional membership.

Update: Results are currently available!

Please note that data collection is ongoing and NIRSA members and non-members can contribute their data at any time.

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This resource was created through the support of the NIRSA Foundation.

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Informed Consent

By participating in the salary census, participants grant NIRSA permission to use their data to update NIRSA member profiles, to produce reports and/or for other purposes not yet identified. Personal, identifiable information will not be shared or presented in any format. All data will be reported in the aggregate and no data will be shared with third party vendors.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have additional questions, please contact us.

The Salary Calculator has been re-envisioned within an online benchmarking platform. Recreation professionals can now enter their data online individually and do not need to be NIRSA members. NIRSA members at NIRSA member institutions will have access to the platform’s filtering capabilities.

Anyone in the collegiate recreation profession can participate. Participants do not have to be NIRSA members but must have a NIRSA online profile to access the platform and submit data. To create a NIRSA profile, click here. Please note that only NIRSA members will have access to results within the platform. If you are not a NIRSA member and wish to gain access to the Salary Census results, you can join the NIRSA memberhip here.

The NIRSA Salary census collects information on participant’s institutions, their position, salary and responsibilities as well as demographic information such as ethnicity, age, and educational background.

Participating NIRSA members will be able to see where they stand in regards to their peers and may inform their decisions about job offers. NIRSA member institutions will be able to evaluate the competitiveness of salaries prior to posting job openings. The Association will benefit in its ability to evaluate the potential needs of constituent groups within the profession and where to direct resources.

Participants can enter data at any point throughout the year. Data collection years will alternate with the NIRSA Institutional Data Set.

Yes, you must answer the questions pertaining to your salary to access results, but you are not required to answer questions pertaining to your institution. Institutional data are used to filter results and completing these is encouraged. Please check with your director to verify the accuracy of your institutional data.

For more information, contact NIRSA Research