Institutional Advancement & Alumni Relations Compensation Survey

The 2017 survey is now open. Please start the survey here.

If you’re interested in participating, or need to update your institution’s point of contact, please email Cat McConnell Hackenberg at



February 20th – Survey template launched via email to past participants

March 30th – Return surveys

Early May – Full Survey Report released, Peer Group selections made and custom reports generated


Reporting Option Available:

Survey Summary Report – All survey participants will receive this one page summary report that shows the median reported pay by position.  This summary is free to all institutions that complete the compensation spreadsheet and thus submit their data to the survey.

Full Survey Report – All participants who complete the survey are eligible to buy the Full Survey Report for $275 (approximately half of the non-participant price of $525).  This report will contain an analysis for each position showing the full range of pay percentiles (10th, 25th, median, 75th, 90th ) with data tabulated by standard peer clusters (e.g., small, medium and large).  Also includes Excel supplement of data points.

Customized Peer Group Report – This report, similar in format to the Full Survey Report, will allow you to customize the peer data to your needs.  You can pick up to 12 institutions (minimum of 5 for confidentiality) from the survey participant list and we’ll produce a custom report for your peer benchmarking needs.  This survey option includes a copy of the Full Survey Report and is offered to participants at a total cost of $475 (or $775 for non-survey participants). Also includes Excel supplement of data points.

Consulting Services – McConnell & Company has worked with a number of institutions to help their Boards make informed decisions on compensation, benefits, and incentive bonuses. If your compensation needs stretch beyond the scope of the survey, perhaps a custom analysis would benefit your organization.  Additionally, we annually prepare reports for some Foundation Boards that provide them safe-harbor compliance with intermediate sanctions regulations.