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Highest Paying Cities for Social Scientists and Related Workers

The top 100 highest paying cities for social scientists and related workers (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment of social scientists and related workers in those cities are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with a annual salary of $104,420, Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, West Virginia is the highest paying city for social scientists and related workers. It is followed by Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia (average annual salary $102,550). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2017 [1]. For more salary information of social scientists and related workers in a specific city, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Cities/Areas for Social Scientists and Related Workers

Rank City/Area Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, West Virginia
$104,420
7,840
2 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia
$102,550
8,310
3 South Florida nonmetropolitan area, Florida
$97,720
70
4 Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, Connecticut
$95,100
160
5 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California
$94,120
70
6 Newark-Union, Pennsylvania
$92,630
50
7 Honolulu, Hawaii
$92,190
320
8 Baltimore-Towson, Maryland
$92,160
1,010
9 Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, California
$89,750
200
10 Asheville, North Carolina
$87,780
n/a
11 Dayton, Ohio
$86,800
590
12 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, California
$86,150
770
13 Southeast Arizona nonmetropolitan area, Arizona
$85,700
160
14 San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, California
$85,540
130
15 Augusta-Richmond County, South Carolina
$85,200
220
16 New York-White Plains-Wayne, New York
$83,650
1,540
17 New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, Louisiana
$82,850
60
18 Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Michigan
$82,070
140
19 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California
$81,210
80
20 New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, New York
$81,140
2,110
21 Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas
$80,890
200
22 Omaha-Council Bluffs, Nebraska
$80,480
120
23 San Antonio-New Braunfels, Texas
$80,480
560
24 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Virginia
$80,480
450
25 Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, Michigan
$79,820
110
26 Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, California
$79,650
60
27 Bremerton-Silverdale, Washington
$79,630
40
28 Olympia, Washington
$78,510
70
29 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
$78,430
110
30 Trenton-Ewing, New Jersey
$78,240
100
31 Fayetteville, North Carolina
$78,000
240
32 San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, California
$77,860
540
33 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$77,740
420
34 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
$77,350
330
35 Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Florida
$76,610
250
36 Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, Arizona
$76,450
160
37 Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, Ohio
$76,280
130
38 Tampa-St Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida
$76,180
410
39 Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington, Wisconsin
$76,130
180
40 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area), Illinois
$76,080
260
41 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania
$75,910
260
42 Boulder, Colorado
$75,790
120
43 Louisville-Jefferson County, Kentucky
$75,750
60
44 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$75,600
570
45 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
$75,490
60
46 Lake County-Kenosha County, Wisconsin
$75,490
n/a
47 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division), Illinois
$75,130
200
48 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Washington
$75,050
190
49 Anchorage, Alaska
$74,950
120
50 Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas
$74,930
310
51 Eugene-Springfield, Oregon
$74,750
60
52 St Louis, Missouri
$74,180
110
53 Camden, New Jersey
$74,090
80
54 Kansas City, Missouri
$73,480
170
55 Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, California
$73,400
460
56 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, Florida
$73,170
400
57 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California
$72,750
220
58 Albany-Schenectady-Troy, New York
$72,620
210
59 Yuba City, California
$72,010
70
60 Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin
$71,990
50
61 Merced, California
$71,870
n/a
62 Tacoma, Washington
$71,780
110
63 Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, California
$71,650
370
64 Indianapolis-Carmel, Indiana
$71,460
80
65 Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, Colorado
$71,200
290
66 Las Vegas-Paradise, Nevada
$71,140
100
67 Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, Florida
$71,060
50
68 Santa Rosa-Petaluma, California
$71,020
n/a
69 Richmond, Virginia
$70,590
120
70 San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, California
$70,560
510
71 Reno-Sparks, Nevada
$70,550
30
72 Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, Florida
$70,300
100
73 Springfield, Massachusetts
$69,610
n/a
74 Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area, Florida
$69,580
90
75 Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, Maine
$69,550
50
76 Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, Maryland
$69,400
350
77 Providence-Fall River-Warwick, Rhode Island
$69,260
70
78 Gulfport-Biloxi, Mississippi
$69,140
60
79 Spokane, Washington
$69,130
80
80 Jackson, Mississippi
$69,120
80
81 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia
$69,110
380
82 Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area, Missouri
$68,990
60
83 Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, Florida
$68,810
120
84 Fairbanks, Alaska
$68,350
50
85 Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area, South Carolina
$67,660
40
86 Elizabethtown, Kentucky
$67,160
50
87 Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, Florida
$67,160
60
88 Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area, West Virginia
$67,160
30
89 Morgantown, West Virginia
$67,150
60
90 Columbus, Ohio
$67,070
690
91 New Haven, Connecticut
$66,950
100
92 Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, Arkansas
$66,360
70
93 Jacksonville, Florida
$65,920
70
94 Salt Lake City, Utah
$65,880
130
95 South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area, Wisconsin
$65,720
40
96 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington
$65,440
530
97 East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area, Kentucky
$65,190
40
98 Syracuse, New York
$65,170
50
99 Cincinnati-Middletown, Ohio
$65,130
60
100 Raleigh-Cary, North Carolina
$64,790
110
See also: Highest paying industries for social scientists and related workers.