Survey Interviewers and Statistical Clerks

NOC 1454


Survey interviewers contact individuals to gather information for market research, public opinion polls or election and census enumeration. Statistical clerks code and compile interview and other data into reports, lists, directories and other documents. Workers in this unit group are employed by market research and polling firms, government departments and agencies, utility companies, contact centres and other establishments. This unit group also includes clerks who observe and record information on traffic flow.


Survey interviewers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Contact individuals by telephone or in person and explain the purpose of the interview
  • Ask questions following the outlines of questionnaires and surveys
  • Record responses on paper or enter responses directly into a computer database through computer-assisted interviewing systems.

Statistical clerks perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Check information gathered for completeness and accuracy
  • Code information according to manuals and enter data into statistical computer programs
  • Conduct routine statistical analysis of data
  • Compile interview and other data into reports and lists.

Other Titles

  • coding clerk – statistics
  • poll clerk
  • telephone survey clerk
  • election enumerator
  • public opinion interviewer
  • census enumerator
  • interview clerk

(Government of Canada National Occupation Classification)


  • Communication
  • Clerical skills
  • Computer skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Accuracy
  • Able to work independently
  • Organization
  • Time management

Education/Training Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required

Post-secondary diploma/degree

  • Not required


  • Experience in the operation of a computer may be required
  • A valid driver’s license may be required

Potential Earnings in Durham Region

The average and median wages and salaries for individuals employed as survey interviewers and statistical clerks are as follows. Place of Residence (POR) is defined as individuals who reside within the Durham Region. Place of Work (POW) is defined as individuals who are employed within the Durham Region.

Median Wages and Salaries (POR) Average Wages and Salaries (POR) Median Wages and Salaries (POW) Average Wages and Salaries (POW)
$7,946 $21,812 $7,086 $19,237

Employment Prospects

Industry (NAICS) Jobs in Durham Region (POW) Durham Region Residents Employed (POR)
9112 Other federal services 215 230

(Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development 2016 data in Durham Workforce Authority’s 2017 Sector Report)

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