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 among 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Social Science Research Assistants in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$27,760
25th Percentile Wage
$35,220
50th Percentile Wage
$49,640
75th Percentile Wage
$68,120
90th Percentile Wage
$90,480

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 $90,480. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $49,640. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $27,760.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$13.35
25th Percentile Wage
$16.93
50th Percentile Wage
$23.87
75th Percentile Wage
$32.75
90th Percentile Wage
$43.50

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for social science research assistants in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $43.50. The median hourly salary is $23.87. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $13.35.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of social science research assistants from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201649,640-2.54%12.73%
201550,9004.83%-
201448,440-1.01%-
201348,93011.47%-
201243,320--

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 $38,190 to $63,160. The highest paying area for social science research assistants in California is San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos with a median annual salary of $63,160. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Oakland-Fremont-Hayward (mean annual salary $56,780). The lowest paying area is Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville with a median annual salary of $38,190.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$63,160
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$56,780
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$53,450
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$52,350
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$51,310
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$50,600
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$44,200
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$43,460
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$38,190


Related:

Highest paying cities for social science research assistants

Highest paying industries for social science research assistants.