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Political Scientist Salary in Sector of Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

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

Average Annual Salary of Political Scientists

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$56,680
25th Percentile Wage
$79,600
50th Percentile Wage
$118,320
75th Percentile Wage
$148,930
90th Percentile Wage
$167,930

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for political scientists 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) political scientists is $167,930. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $118,320. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid political scientists is $56,680.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of political scientists in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$118,320
-1.94% 28.26%
2016
$120,610
4.32% -
2015
$115,400
18.11% -
2014
$94,500
14.98% -
2013
$80,340
-5.65% -
2012
$84,880
- -

Compare Political Scientist Salary in Different Industries within the Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Sector

The average salaries of political scientists in seven 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 political scientist occupations is the research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences industry with an annual salary $131,810. The lowest paying industry is the other professional, scientific, and technical services industry (annual salary $76,790). For detailed political scientist salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$131,810
Scientific Research and Development Services
$122,290
Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$120,890
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$118,320
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$116,900
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
$97,310
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$76,790

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].




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