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Political Scientist Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for political scientists in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of political scientists amongst California metropolitan areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Political Scientists in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$39,590
25th Percentile Wage
$46,830
50th Percentile Wage
$70,720
75th Percentile Wage
$146,770
90th Percentile Wage
$185,480

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for political scientists in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $185,480. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $70,720. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $39,590.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of political scientists from 2012 to 2017. Note that there is no salary data for some years between 2012 and 2017.

YearMedian Salary Growth3-Year Growth
2015
$70,720
8.00% -12.80%
2014
$65,060
-10.02% -
2013
$71,580
-11.44% -
2012
$79,770
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Political Scientists in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of political scientists in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of political scientists in state of California ranges from $63,870 to $90,630. The highest paying area for political scientists in California is Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville with a median annual salary of $90,630. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale (mean annual salary $80,020). The lowest paying area is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City with a median annual salary of $63,870.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$90,630
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$80,020
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$77,870
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$71,210
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$66,280
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$63,870
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$63,870




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