August 28, 2009 - The IAIDQ, a not-for profit, vendor-neutral professional society of people passionate about improving information and data quality, has published a report on salary and job satisfaction in the information quality management profession. The findings of the study, conducted in collaboration with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, show information quality professionals to be comparatively well paid and content in their work. 
Key findings of the study were:

  • Information quality professionals earned an average 2008 annual salary of $95,240.
  • Approximately 80 percent of information quality professionals reported receiving a bonus in 2008 with the average amount being $13,890.
  • IQ professionals are, on the whole, optimistic about their field and their employment prospects.
  • The majority of respondents were not looking for new jobs and reported that they felt secure or very secure in their current position.
  • 80.4 percent of information quality professionals have a Bachelor's or Master's Degree.
  • Seniority appears to have only a moderate impact on salaries. Average salaries for information quality professionals increase for the first five to seven years they work in a position and then level off.
  • Public companies offer the highest average salary for information quality professionals, followed by private companies, non-profits (as expected) offer the least.
  • 97.5 percent of respondents believe their 2009 base salary will either remain the same or increase.

Founded in 2004 by industry thought leaders Larry P. English and Dr. Tom Redman, the IAIDQ is focused on the development of a recognized profession of information quality management.  Online learning company eLearning Curve recognizes that the data quality profession is indeed emerging and has identified the intense need for organizations to employ data quality specialists who know how to measure, manage, find, fix and prevent data quality problems.

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