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Highest Paying States for Political Scientists

The highest paying states 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 of political scientists in those states are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with an annual salary of $139,380, Virginia is the highest paying state for political scientists. It is followed by District of Columbia (average annual salary $119,790). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2017 [1]. For more salary information of political scientists in a specific state, use the links in the table.

Table 1. Highest Paying States for Political Scientists

Rank State Average Salary i Entry Level
Salary i
# of
Empl. i
1 Virginia
$139,380
$89,980 850
2 District of Columbia
$119,790
$69,910 3,790
3 Maryland
$114,310
$69,050 100
4 New York
$114,200
$54,970 80
5 Ohio
$86,220
$52,240 40
6 Washington
$79,510
$52,340 100
7 Texas
$78,120
$33,710 370
8 California
$70,720
$39,590 300
9 Maine
$64,040
$46,530 70

Note: some states are missing from this table because the median salary information of political scientists in those states is not available at this time.

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