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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 $104,430, Virginia is the highest paying state for social scientists and related workers. It is followed by Maryland (average annual salary $96,210). 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 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
$104,430
$65,010 4,850
2 Maryland
$96,210
$53,430 2,230
3 District of Columbia
$95,210
$64,650 3,280
4 Hawaii
$89,130
$58,350 360
5 Connecticut
$87,020
$54,870 360
6 New Jersey
$82,030
$55,800 400
7 Arizona
$80,000
$54,800 530
8 Nebraska
$77,260
$52,240 160
9 New York
$77,040
$46,190 2,470
10 Alabama
$77,010
$53,860 230
11 Pennsylvania
$76,860
$54,160 540
12 Texas
$75,150
$43,440 2,140
13 Massachusetts
$74,290
$40,130 650
14 Minnesota
$73,680
$50,600 260
15 Alaska
$73,490
$53,780 180
16 Ohio
$73,390
$43,360 1,680
17 Vermont
$73,380
$50,600 40
18 New Mexico
$73,060
$40,020 190
19 Oregon
$73,050
$49,590 310
20 Colorado
$72,200
$52,250 680
21 Illinois
$71,510
$23,610 1,070
22 New Hampshire
$71,360
$59,240 50
23 Nevada
$71,150
$36,480 130
24 South Carolina
$71,020
$53,870 190
25 Indiana
$69,640
$54,580 200
26 Rhode Island
$69,250
$54,600 60
27 Kansas
$69,210
$49,040 260
28 Florida
$69,140
$43,220 1,760
29 Missouri
$69,130
$41,050 200
30 Louisiana
$69,130
$42,940 210
31 West Virginia
$69,130
$52,240 190
32 Wisconsin
$67,460
$40,930 210
33 Montana
$67,160
$52,240 50
34 Michigan
$66,580
$41,260 440
35 Washington
$66,030
$46,790 740
36 Mississippi
$65,180
$28,870 200
37 South Dakota
$65,180
$48,980 90
38 Kentucky
$65,170
$41,190 370
39 North Dakota
$65,170
$48,960 80
40 California
$64,940
$37,740 4,440
41 Georgia
$64,740
$37,210 1,130
42 Idaho
$63,200
$43,670 50
43 North Carolina
$63,140
$42,970 1,200
44 Maine
$62,940
$42,720 130
45 Iowa
$62,470
$44,560 170
46 Tennessee
$62,020
$42,070 380
47 Wyoming
$61,220
$41,360 40
48 Arkansas
$58,560
$32,730 260
49 Puerto Rico
$50,590
$23,800 180
50 Utah
$46,260
$21,560 260
See also: Highest paying industries for social scientists and related workers, Top Paying Jobs in America.