International Study of Salary and Job Satisfaction in Information Quality Hailed as "Ground Breaking" for Profession

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The IAIDQ's recently published study of Salary and Job Satisfaction among information quality practitioners around the world has been hailed as ground breaking research that shows how information quality management is emerging as a distinct profession, and one in which people are relatively well paid and happy in their work.

Excellent report and a definite addition to the profession

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The IAIDQ's ( recently published report on salary and job satisfaction in the information quality management profession has been warmly received by practitioners and commentators on the emerging profession of information quality management.

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 (average salary over USD95,000) and comparatively content in their work. The study and its findings have been hailed as ground breaking by industry commentators such as (

Among the key findings of the study were:

  •     Information Quality professionals earned an average 2008 annual salary of USD95,240
  •     Approximately 80% of Information Quality professionals reported receiving a bonus in 2008 with the average amount being USD13,890
  •     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% 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 5 to 7 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% of respondents believe their 2009 base salary will either remain the same or increase, this is clearly positive given the economic climate

Comments received from early readers include
"A very nice piece of work. Comprehensive and detailed and provides a lot of answers to specific questions that workers in our field might have about peers elsewhere." (Data Management Consultant, Multinational Energy company)

"Excellent report and a definite addition to the profession" (Compliance Manager in a leading Irish Telecommunications company)

"This is a very interesting report and thank you very much to all the authors of the report for completing this research. I was very interested to see a spread of responses between different world regions and comparative salaries around the world" (Information Quality Manager, Australian Telecommunications Company)

In a recent webinar on, Dylan Jones, a leading industry commentator and editor of hailed the report as "significant" and important for the profession".

For additional information on the Salary and Job Satisfaction Report contact Daragh O Brien or visit the IAIDQ Website. Thanks to the team at UALR for their work in helping compile this report.

About the International Association for Information & Data Quality (IAIDQ)

Founded in 2004 by two of the leading figures in the Information Quality/Data Quality profession, Larry P. English and Dr. Tom Redman, the IAIDQ is a non-profit professional association focussed on the development of a recognised profession of "Information Quality Management". The organization's key priority for 2009/2010 is to complete the development and roll out of a vendor neutral professional accreditation for Information Quality Management skills world-wide.


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