Graduate work in EAME prepares you for a job as a researcher and analyst in several fields, including academic institutions, state and federal agencies, school districts, the testing and evaluation industry, marketing research, and large-scale test management.  Salary ranges can be quite different depending on the particular job, work experience, and organization.  The Psychometric Society gives an annual salary range of $50,000 to $100,000 for psychometricians, for example.  In general, though, salary ranges from approximately $50,000 to $120,000.  When examining your salary potential, consider looking at our 10 Most Affordable Master’s of Educational Assessment, Measurement, and Evaluation ranking for 2017  to help think about long-term financial investment.  For even more schools, our two rankings, the 20 Best Online Master’s in Educational Assessment, Measurement, and Evaluation and the 20 Best Master’s in Educational Assessment, Measurement, and Evaluation includes financial criteria, among other factors, for your consideration. 

The venue in which a Director of Assessment and Accreditation works has an impact on their salary range.  These positions primarily are found in colleges and universities where the Director will conduct research and gather data about students’ learning and the effectiveness of the institution. They also ensure the school is accredited and fulfills the necessary requirements to stay certified.  The same position may be found working for local school districts at the K -12 level, although it is not as common.  Therefore the salary range in this occupation varies a great deal, the higher amounts being those who work for more prestigious universities, down to those who aren’t working at the top level.  The range is from $49,677 – $104,052.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Psychometrics is the science of measuring psychological attributes, such as intelligence or understanding. Tests are one way to assess these intangible qualities. And psychometricians’ work ensures that each test is reliable and that all test results are valid.” Psychometricians are responsible for creating tests, down to analyzing what kind of test is appropriate, how many questions, the format, and the length.  They collaborate with administrators to see what type of information the administrator is looking for and set goals for the kind of results desired. Once the test is delivered, they must analyze the data and organize it in a way that is understandable to the rest of the teaching staff.  Workers in this field are paid well, mainly because of the education required to be a psychometrician.  The range is anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000.

The job description from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics for a Statistician reads, “Statisticians use statistical methods to collect and analyze data and to help solve real-world problems in business, engineering, healthcare, or other fields.”  The average salary for an Entry-Level Statistician is $66,195 per year; as you move up, Statisticians make up to $130,000 per year with the median salary of $80,500.

The salary range for a university professor varies widely depending on the college or university, education, publications, and tenure of the employee, as well as subject matter taught.  A degree in Educational Assessment, Measurement, and Evaluation will boost your career and credentials as a university professor.  Consider the following median salaries:

  • Law teachers, postsecondary –  $111,210
  • Engineering teachers, postsecondary – 97,530
  • Atmospheric, earth, marine, and space sciences teachers, postsecondary – 85,410
  • Architecture teachers, postsecondary – 79,250
  • Computer science teachers, postsecondary – 77,570
  • Psychology teachers, postsecondary – 73,140
  • History teachers, postsecondary – 71,820
  • English language and literature teachers, postsecondary – 64,030
  • Education teachers, postsecondary – 62,520

Possible jobs and median salaries (according to Payscale) include:

  • College and university professors – $84,632
  • Director of Assessment and Accreditation – $73,099
  • Research Analyst, staff members in research and evaluation divisions in public schools, government agencies, and private corporations and foundations.- $51,754
  • Psychometricians – $78,603
  • Educational Diagnostician – $57,857
  • Postsecondary Education Administrators – $90,760
  • Quality Assurance Manager  – $74,921
  • Statistician- $80,500