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Highest Paying Industries for Social Science Research Assistants

The top 48 highest paying industries for social science research assistants (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 $54,550, performing arts, spectator sports, and related industries is the highest paying industry for social science research assistants. It is followed by business, professional, labor, political, and similar organizations industry (average annual salary $50,970). 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 science research assistants in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 48 Highest Paying Industries for Social Science Research Assistants

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
$54,550
n/a
2 Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations
$50,970
240
3 Ambulatory Health Care Services
$47,900
350
4 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$47,610
130
5 Outpatient Care Centers
$46,750
n/a
6 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$46,380
440
7 Health Care and Social Assistance
$45,730
1,040
8 Hospitals - Privately owned
$45,220
610
9 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$45,040
640
10 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$44,510
7,300
11 Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations
$44,120
630
12 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$44,020
630
13 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$43,910
220
14 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$43,740
520
15 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$43,640
530
16 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$43,390
1,500
17 Federal, State, and Local Government
$43,390
1,500
18 Scientific Research and Development Services
$42,770
10,320
19 Social Assistance
$42,510
40
20 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$42,460
1,060
21 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$42,300
1,120
22 Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
$42,120
170
23 Offices of Other Health Practitioners
$42,000
120
24 Social Advocacy Organizations
$41,930
350
25 Educational Support Services - Privately owned
$41,800
190
26 Educational Support Services
$41,800
190
27 Junior colleges - State government owned
$41,000
50
28 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$40,510
7,870
29 State government, including schools and hospitals
$40,200
6,750
30 Educational Services - State government owned
$39,700
6,280
31 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$39,690
6,230
32 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$38,700
14,440
33 Educational Services
$38,580
9,660
34 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$38,480
9,300
35 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$38,450
3,020
36 Junior Colleges (including private, state, and local government schools)
$38,160
90
37 Educational Services - Local government owned
$37,850
60
38 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$37,410
180
39 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$37,270
1,610
40 Educational Services - Privately owned
$36,960
3,320
41 Engineering Services
$36,740
150
42 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$36,580
3,070
43 Junior colleges - Local government owned
$33,240
40
44 Employment Services
$31,520
90
45 Administrative and Support Services
$31,520
90
46 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$31,520
90
47 Temporary Help Services
$28,820
40
48 Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$18,560
2,300
See also: Highest paying cities for social science research assistants.