An email with a link to an online questionnaire was sent to approximately 60,000 ACFE members in late January 2013. A total of 5,486 responses were received by the February deadline, representing a 9.1% response rate. Responses received after the deadline and questionnaires with incomplete information were not included. Based on 5,486 presumably random responses and 60,000 for the total population, this study has a +/- 1.3% margin of error (MOE) at a 95% level of confidence. In other words, we can be 95% certain that for a question with 5,486 responses, the survey’s figure would be within +/- 1.3% percentage points of the actual universe’s response. A margin of error of +/- 5% is typically accepted as the “standard” in association research, so this study’s +/- 1.3% figure indicates a stronger than typical level of statistical integrity.
Upon receipt, all questionnaires were assigned a confidential identification number, and any remaining identification was removed from the survey form. All data were checked both manually and by a specially designed computer editing procedure. Strict confidence of survey responses was maintained throughout the course of the project.
The global salary study is based on a strictly confidential and anonymous survey conducted of anti-fraud professionals. No ACFE staff member nor any industry company or individual, nor anyone else other than a select few Industry Insights Inc. associates ever see any individual compensation or benefit data.
Scott Patterson Senior Public Relations Specialist Association of Certified Fraud Examiners spatterson@ACFE.com