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Highest Paying Industries for Social Scientists and Related Workers

The top 100 highest paying industries 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 in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $139,190, pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing is the highest paying industry for social scientists and related workers. It is followed by chemical manufacturing industry (average annual salary $132,410). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of social scientists and related workers in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Social Scientists and Related Workers

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$139,190
120
2 Chemical Manufacturing
$132,410
140
3 Credit Intermediation and Related Activities
$131,890
260
4 Depository Credit Intermediation
$124,540
140
5 Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage
$121,880
280
6 Legal Services
$120,730
60
7 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$113,230
50
8 Monetary Authorities-Central Bank
$113,150
380
9 Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities
$111,870
400
10 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$108,890
700
11 Postal Service (federal government)
$104,400
70
12 Oil and Gas Extraction
$103,430
150
13 Mining
$102,920
160
14 Other Insurance Related Activities
$102,790
n/a
15 Other Financial Investment Activities
$100,470
130
16 Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities
$100,310
80
17 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$96,150
n/a
18 Manufacturing
$94,270
300
19 Utilities
$94,240
n/a
20 Specialty hospitals - State government owned
$94,210
140
21 Federal government, including USPS
$90,350
35,460
22 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$90,350
35,390
23 Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$89,610
50
24 Real Estate
$88,870
40
25 Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services
$85,840
50
26 Transportation and Warehousing
$85,040
120
27 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
$85,020
40
28 Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$84,860
710
29 Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$83,870
560
30 Other Personal Services
$83,310
n/a
31 Personal and Laundry Services
$83,310
n/a
32 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - State government owned
$83,160
2,490
33 Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists
$82,170
530
34 Finance and Insurance
$82,110
1,980
35 Hospitals - State government owned
$82,060
2,860
36 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$81,130
4,320
37 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$80,590
1,260
38 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$80,270
5,800
39 Machinery Manufacturing
$80,200
n/a
40 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$80,040
9,970
41 Hospitals - Local government owned
$79,710
1,320
42 Wholesale Trade
$79,500
50
43 Hospitals - Privately owned
$78,920
5,790
44 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals
$78,720
3,470
45 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$78,300
840
46 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$77,170
11,750
47 Labor Unions and Similar Labor Organizations
$77,050
60
48 Scientific Research and Development Services
$76,860
14,410
49 Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations
$76,460
840
50 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Local government owned
$76,280
30
51 Software Publishers
$76,040
50
52 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$75,540
2,650
53 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$75,380
80,750
54 Federal, State, and Local Government
$75,380
80,750
55 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$74,430
3,310
56 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$74,300
11,020
57 Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations
$74,060
3,230
58 Business schools and computer and management training - Privately owned
$73,970
90
59 Business Schools and Computer and Management Training
$72,970
90
60 Engineering Services
$72,810
4,000
61 Educational Support Services - Privately owned
$72,710
2,170
62 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$72,670
134,380
63 Employment Services
$72,390
830
64 Administrative and Support Services
$72,310
1,370
65 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$72,220
1,390
66 Offices of All Other Health Practitioners
$72,110
290
67 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$71,510
6,390
68 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Local government owned
$70,530
40,030
69 Offices of Other Health Practitioners
$70,380
15,720
70 Educational Services - Local government owned
$70,360
41,280
71 Grantmaking and Giving Services
$70,340
320
72 Elementary and Secondary Schools
$70,130
44,240
73 Offices of Mental Health Practitioners (except Physicians)
$69,860
14,900
74 Educational Support Services
$69,750
3,180
75 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - State government owned
$69,660
230
76 Testing Laboratories
$69,500
50
77 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$69,370
41,760
78 Offices of Physicians
$69,260
4,330
79 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$68,850
73,990
80 Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)
$68,400
150
81 Publishing Industries (except Internet)
$68,020
190
82 Health Care and Social Assistance
$67,750
48,100
83 Temporary Help Services
$67,680
520
84 Ambulatory Health Care Services
$67,550
26,360
85 Educational Services
$67,540
59,220
86 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$67,100
13,980
87 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Privately owned
$66,750
3,730
88 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$66,270
31,380
89 Insurance Carriers and Related Activities
$66,080
930
90 Educational Services - Privately owned
$65,650
9,840
91 Facilities Support Services
$65,210
90
92 Educational Support Services - Local government owned
$64,990
1,010
93 Insurance Carriers
$64,720
850
94 State government, including schools and hospitals
$64,280
24,930
95 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - Privately owned
$63,450
910
96 Direct Health and Medical Insurance Carriers
$62,140
720
97 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$61,440
3,690
98 Outpatient Care Centers
$61,380
5,870
99 Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers
$61,180
n/a
100 Child Day Care Services
$60,940
350