IAI Salary Survey 2016

The 2016 IAI Salary Survey was the third that I’ve conducted. In those three years the industry has undergone significant changes. We’ve seen large enterprise companies buy up independent design consultancies and/or build their own in-house operations to deliver improved digital experiences. Still other design firms have merged into larger entities and once independent consultants have joined larger teams. 

These changes are reflected in the results data. The number of responses for freelance/independent practitioners have decreased and the size of the organizations that respondents are employed by have increased. 

Another change over the last three years has been the increased participation of earlier career practitioners and international respondents. As an international organization, it is important to the IAI that the survey results are more representative of its membership. The enthusiasm and growth of World IA Day have contributed to these shifts and will hopefully continue to do so. But the changes had corresponding affects to reported salaries and a decrease to overall averages. Continuing to push for greater participation, particularly from IAI membership will help get a more realistic view of the state of our field.

While other industry annual salary surveys have cropped up the last few years, the IAI salary survey remains the only one dedicated to information architects. While our titles may not include IA – as evidenced in the responses – our community coalesces around the pursuit of making the unclear, clear. 

Please take a look at the results, share them with your colleagues, and let us know what you think: @iainstitute or info@iainstitutute.com and be on the lookout in early 2018 to participate in the next round. 

Download the 2016 Salary Survey here. If you'd like to interact with the data charts click here to link to the Tableau of the results analyses.

– Sean Fitzell

The IAI publishes a Salary Survey each year that examines salary in terms of experience, education, age, gender, geography, and job category so that you can get insight about IA salary expectations. The institute’s annual salary survey is one our most viewed and widely shared items.

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