This took longer than I would have liked but here are the results from the survey!
We had 147 TAs respond, with a combine 1050 years experience!
I’ve opened up the standard google results. The way these are presented isn’t very good, but it is ALL the responses. Standard Google Results
I have put together a more useful salary focused report, this is what most people seemed interested in. It breaks down averages by industry and title. The sample size is very small for some of these so I wouldn’t read into it too much.
I originally planned to release the raw tabulated data to the community so that anyone could make reports/visualizations. However, after seeing the responses it was clear that it would be too easy to figure out who participated with a little linked-in snooping, and I don’t feel comfortable releasing it.
Because I decided not to release the raw data, I started creating a full report of the results, since the google one kind of sucks. I made good headway on this in my free time, but its not ready and I don’t want to hold this up any longer. If there is any other interesting analytics you’d like to see (like the salary thing above) I could find some time to make a couple more visualizations.
I’d like to run this again next year (maybe before GDC?) I’ve learned a lot about what to do, and what not to do for a survey. There also many good suggestions from participants in response to the last question.
For the tabulated data privacy problem, I’m thinking that next time I could do the following…
- Do not allow custom inputs for “Other” answers. This requires cleanup of almost every answer before the visuals are useful, and the answers are sometimes too specific
- I’m thinking State/Province is specific enough for salary purposes.
- Have a question asking for permission to release the raw responses… “Can we include your responses to this survey in a tabulated form that will be released to the TA community?” This way people can opt out of that. We risk the raw data being less useful if a bunch of people opt out though.
Thanks for everyone who participated, and I hope you all find this useful!