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Highest Paying Industries for Social Scientists and Related Workers

The top 58 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 $105,400, computer systems design and related services is the highest paying industry for social scientists and related workers. It is followed by management, scientific, and technical consulting services industry (average annual salary $97,390). 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. 58 Highest Paying Industries for Social Scientists and Related Workers

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$105,400
190
2 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$97,390
1,270
3 Employment Services
$93,880
50
4 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$88,180
5,800
5 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$87,590
2,940
6 Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations
$87,390
70
7 Engineering Services
$87,290
120
8 Educational Support Services - Privately owned
$86,150
150
9 Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services
$86,000
50
10 Educational Support Services
$85,740
150
11 Scientific Research and Development Services
$85,020
3,690
12 Administrative and Support Services
$84,430
n/a
13 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$84,430
n/a
14 Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$83,980
490
15 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$83,850
140
16 Information
$79,970
110
17 Federal government, including USPS
$79,680
17,180
18 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$79,680
17,180
19 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$77,800
20,140
20 Federal, State, and Local Government
$77,800
20,140
21 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$75,380
23,130
22 Software Publishers
$74,270
40
23 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$73,910
750
24 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$73,120
50
25 Publishing Industries (except Internet)
$72,410
60
26 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$69,620
1,100
27 Manufacturing
$68,550
30
28 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$68,200
1,270
29 Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations
$67,490
240
30 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$67,490
240
31 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$66,380
50
32 Outpatient Care Centers
$65,460
60
33 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$63,290
1,860
34 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$62,270
190
35 Social Advocacy Organizations
$61,980
170
36 Educational Services - Privately owned
$60,840
1,900
37 Hospitals - Privately owned
$60,750
170
38 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$60,670
170
39 Individual and Family Services
$60,100
40
40 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$59,950
1,720
41 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$59,790
160
42 Social Assistance
$59,310
50
43 Health Care and Social Assistance
$58,900
480
44 Junior colleges - Local government owned
$57,830
30
45 Junior Colleges (including private, state, and local government schools)
$57,660
40
46 Educational Services
$56,270
4,860
47 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Local government owned
$55,950
120
48 Educational Services - Local government owned
$55,920
150
49 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$55,680
4,520
50 State government, including schools and hospitals
$55,560
4,690
51 Elementary and Secondary Schools
$54,730
120
52 Ambulatory Health Care Services
$51,730
240
53 Educational Services - State government owned
$51,590
2,810
54 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$51,530
2,800
55 Offices of Other Health Practitioners
$50,090
140
56 Offices of Mental Health Practitioners (except Physicians)
$47,770
130
57 Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation
$26,770
40
58 Transportation and Warehousing
$26,770
40
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