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Sociologists Salary in Sector of Federal, State, and Local Government

The salary statistics of sociologists in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare sociologists salaries in different industries within the federal, state, and local government sector.

Average Annual Salary of Sociologists

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$53,870
25th Percentile Wage
$63,080
50th Percentile Wage
$82,970
75th Percentile Wage
$94,750
90th Percentile Wage
$109,850

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for sociologists in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) sociologists is $109,850. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $82,970. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid sociologists is $53,870.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of sociologists in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government from 2012 to 2016. Note that there is no salary data for some years between 2012 and 2016.

YearMedian Salary Growth4-Year Growth
201682,97018.56%18.13%
201567,570-1.70%-
201468,7201.15%-
201267,930--

Compare Sociologists Salary in Different Industries within the Federal, State, and Local Government Sector

The average salaries of sociologists in seven industries in the federal, state, and local government sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for sociologists occupations is the federal executive branch (oes designation) industry with an annual salary $101,320. The lowest paying industry is the state government, including schools and hospitals industry (annual salary $68,800). For detailed sociologists salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$101,320
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$82,980
Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$82,970
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$76,220
Local government, including schools and hospitals
$75,190
Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$69,850
State government, including schools and hospitals
$68,800

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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