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Highest Paying Industries for Political Scientists

The top 26 highest paying industries for political scientists (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 $116,910, federal government, including usps is the highest paying industry for political scientists. It is followed by federal executive branch (oes designation) industry (average annual salary $116,910). 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 political scientists in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 26 Highest Paying Industries for Political Scientists

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Federal government, including USPS
$116,910
3,180
2 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$116,910
3,180
3 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$116,890
3,500
4 Federal, State, and Local Government
$116,890
3,500
5 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$109,820
3,930
6 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$108,190
520
7 Scientific Research and Development Services
$105,090
720
8 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$94,500
1,410
9 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$90,870
n/a
10 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$87,780
450
11 Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations
$77,540
60
12 Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$76,790
180
13 Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations
$71,330
250
14 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$71,330
250
15 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$67,900
220
16 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$67,900
220
17 Social Advocacy Organizations
$67,400
190
18 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$63,350
100
19 State government, including schools and hospitals
$58,500
530
20 Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
$57,460
n/a
21 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$57,080
430
22 Educational Services - State government owned
$57,080
430
23 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$57,060
460
24 Educational Services
$57,060
460
25 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$56,760
30
26 Educational Services - Privately owned
$56,760
30
See also: Highest paying cities for political scientists.