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Highest Paying Industries for Sociologists

The top 19 highest paying industries for sociologists (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 $101,320, federal executive branch (oes designation) is the highest paying industry for sociologists. It is followed by research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences industry (average annual salary $92,860). 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 sociologists in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 19 Highest Paying Industries for Sociologists

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$101,320
30
2 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$92,860
60
3 Health Care and Social Assistance
$92,320
40
4 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$81,090
1,160
5 Scientific Research and Development Services
$80,500
1,100
6 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$79,820
1,040
7 Educational Services - Privately owned
$74,500
160
8 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$74,120
150
9 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$70,790
220
10 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$70,300
210
11 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$68,720
390
12 Federal, State, and Local Government
$68,720
390
13 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$67,800
150
14 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$61,700
770
15 Educational Services
$55,140
540
16 State government, including schools and hospitals
$54,130
520
17 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$53,790
520
18 Educational Services - State government owned
$45,700
360
19 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$45,670
360
See also: Highest paying cities for sociologists.