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Highest Paying States for Social Scientists and Related Workers

The highest paying states 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 of social scientists and related workers in those states are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with an annual salary of $107,100, Virginia is the highest paying state for social scientists and related workers. It is followed by Maryland (average annual salary $100,250). 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 social scientists and related workers in a specific state, use the links in the table.

Table 1. Highest Paying States for Social Scientists and Related Workers

Rank State Average Salary i Entry Level
Salary i
# of
Empl. i
1 Virginia
$107,100
$68,150 4,770
2 Maryland
$100,250
$54,960 2,120
3 District of Columbia
$98,080
$64,430 2,980
4 Hawaii
$93,700
$59,490 330
5 New Jersey
$84,960
$47,870 620
6 Arizona
$82,210
$58,060 490
7 Connecticut
$81,810
$56,170 280
8 New York
$78,970
$46,740 2,210
9 Massachusetts
$78,710
$54,400 550
10 Pennsylvania
$77,770
$56,960 590
11 Nebraska
$77,260
$52,240 160
12 Alabama
$77,150
$58,050 240
13 Texas
$76,970
$43,570 2,090
14 Illinois
$76,920
$51,760 1,020
15 Vermont
$75,940
$53,460 70
16 Georgia
$75,700
$45,270 890
17 Minnesota
$74,920
$53,080 290
18 Colorado
$74,850
$52,560 730
19 New Mexico
$74,440
$48,320 200
20 Kansas
$74,270
$54,990 190
21 Alaska
$73,840
$54,460 200
22 Nevada
$72,790
$36,950 140
23 Florida
$72,260
$46,530 1,700
24 Ohio
$72,250
$42,500 1,750
25 South Carolina
$72,240
$55,620 180
26 Indiana
$72,240
$51,430 190
27 Missouri
$72,170
$49,600 220
28 Oregon
$72,160
$48,710 380
29 California
$71,410
$38,850 4,330
30 New Hampshire
$71,360
$59,240 50
31 West Virginia
$70,250
$53,090 210
32 Michigan
$70,180
$41,490 370
33 Washington
$69,860
$50,810 800
34 Wisconsin
$68,850
$51,240 260
35 Arkansas
$68,240
$49,770 150
36 Louisiana
$68,230
$39,260 220
37 Maine
$67,610
$47,040 140
38 Rhode Island
$66,310
$32,990 60
39 South Dakota
$66,240
$49,770 90
40 Kentucky
$66,240
$41,720 350
41 Mississippi
$66,240
$26,160 200
42 Montana
$65,300
$53,080 100
43 Oklahoma
$65,180
$48,970 150
44 Delaware
$64,830
$25,800 50
45 Utah
$64,700
$41,810 140
46 North Dakota
$64,230
$43,230 100
47 Wyoming
$64,220
$51,420 40
48 North Carolina
$63,030
$42,300 1,280
49 Iowa
$62,470
$44,560 170
50 Tennessee
$62,230
$43,290 410
51 Idaho
$53,090
$26,890 80
52 Puerto Rico
$50,320
$26,140 180
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