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Social Science Research Assistant Salary in Sector of Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

The salary statistics of social science research assistants in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare social science research assistant salaries in different industries within the professional, scientific, and technical services sector.

Average Annual Salary of Social Science Research Assistants

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$19,980
25th Percentile Wage
$30,960
50th Percentile Wage
$44,250
75th Percentile Wage
$59,990
90th Percentile Wage
$78,820

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for social science research assistants 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 science research assistants is $78,820. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $44,250. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid social science research assistants is $19,980.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201644,2501.92%19.41%
201543,40010.83%-
201438,7008.29%-
201335,490-0.48%-
201235,660--

Compare Social Science Research Assistant Salary in Different Industries within the Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Sector

The average salaries of social science research assistants 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 science research assistant occupations is the research and development in the social sciences and humanities industry with an annual salary $48,130. The lowest paying industry is the other professional, scientific, and technical services industry (annual salary $32,490). For detailed social science research assistant salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$48,130
Scientific Research and Development Services
$45,610
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$44,250
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$43,370
Engineering Services
$39,820
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$39,760
Testing Laboratories
$39,610
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$37,310
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$32,490

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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