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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 $138,160, Virginia is the highest paying state for political scientists. It is followed by Maryland (average annual salary $126,960). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2018 [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
$138,160
$56,560 930
2 Maryland
$126,960
$72,240 80
3 District of Columbia
$123,070
$71,450 3,670
4 New York
$117,450
$63,420 110
5 Pennsylvania
$108,460
$55,320 70
6 Arizona
$96,320
$46,780 100
7 Ohio
$87,710
$54,460 50
8 Massachusetts
$81,240
$54,070 40
9 Texas
$79,390
$33,460 320
10 Illinois
$76,330
$46,330 50
11 Washington
$75,770
$51,240 110
12 Michigan
$74,880
$47,720 50
13 Georgia
$74,310
$29,940 40
14 California
$70,720
$39,590 300
15 Maine
$61,670
$43,470 50

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.

See also: Highest paying industries for political scientists, Top Paying Jobs in America.