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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
$51,470
25th Percentile Wage
$66,150
50th Percentile Wage
$89,200
75th Percentile Wage
$117,220
90th Percentile Wage
$142,320

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 $142,320. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $89,200. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid social scientists and related workers is $51,470.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below 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 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$89,200
0.80% 6.72%
2016
$88,490
-1.99% -
2015
$90,250
2.29% -
2014
$88,180
-0.22% -
2013
$88,370
5.84% -
2012
$83,210
- -

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 nine 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 computer systems design and related services industry with an annual salary $111,160. The lowest paying industry is the other professional, scientific, and technical services industry (annual salary $63,430). For detailed social scientist and related worker salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$111,160
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$99,420
Engineering Services
$93,930
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$89,770
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$89,200
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$86,720
Scientific Research and Development Services
$82,480
Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$81,540
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$63,430

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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