Social Science Research Assistant Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for social science research assistants in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of social science research assistants 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 Social Science Research Assistants in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$28,410
25th Percentile Wage
$36,900
50th Percentile Wage
$51,500
75th Percentile Wage
$67,110
90th Percentile Wage
$86,570

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for social science research assistants in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $86,570. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $51,500. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $28,410.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of social science research assistants from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$51,500
3.61% 15.88%
2016
$49,640
-2.54% -
2015
$50,900
4.83% -
2014
$48,440
-1.01% -
2013
$48,930
11.47% -
2012
$43,320
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Social Science Research Assistants in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of social science research assistants in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of social science research assistants in state of California ranges from $28,490 to $57,710. The highest paying area for social science research assistants in California is Oakland-Fremont-Hayward with a median annual salary of $57,710. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario (mean annual salary $55,360). The lowest paying area is Fresno with a median annual salary of $28,490.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$57,710
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$55,360
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$55,040
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$53,930
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$53,250
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$52,670
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$52,350
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$51,680
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$50,600
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$50,540
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$49,520
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$44,200
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$41,440
Fresno
$28,490




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