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Social Scientist and Related Worker Salary in Sector of Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

The salary statistics of social scientists and related workers in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare social scientist and related worker salaries in different industries within the professional, scientific, and technical services sector.

Average Annual Salary of Social Scientists and Related Workers

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$38,560
25th Percentile Wage
$54,390
50th Percentile Wage
$77,020
75th Percentile Wage
$108,620
90th Percentile Wage
$152,110

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for social scientists and related workers in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) social scientists and related workers is $152,110. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $77,020. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid social scientists and related workers is $38,560.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of social scientists and related workers in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201677,0204.54%13.15%
201573,5205.64%-
201469,3700.84%-
201368,7902.76%-
201266,890--

Compare Social Scientist and Related Worker Salary in Different Industries within the Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Sector

The average salaries of social scientists and related workers in eleven industries in the professional, scientific, and technical services sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for social scientist and related worker occupations is the legal services industry with an annual salary $100,120. The lowest paying industry is the other professional, scientific, and technical services industry (annual salary $53,690). For detailed social scientist and related worker salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Legal Services
$100,120
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
$92,850
Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$91,460
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$86,950
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$81,940
Scientific Research and Development Services
$81,770
Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$81,730
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$77,020
Engineering Services
$76,750
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$73,670
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$53,690

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].



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