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Political Scientist Salary in Sector of Federal, State, and Local Government

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

Average Annual Salary of Political Scientists

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$77,480
25th Percentile Wage
$95,710
50th Percentile Wage
$119,790
75th Percentile Wage
$141,550
90th Percentile Wage
$157,980

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for political scientists 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) political scientists is $157,980. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $119,790. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid political scientists is $77,480.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of political scientists in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016119,79010.42%3.40%
2015107,310-8.93%-
2014116,8901.01%-
2013115,710-0.01%-
2012115,720--

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

The average salaries of political scientists in eight 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 political scientist occupations is the federal executive branch (oes designation) industry with an annual salary $119,800. The lowest paying industry is the state government, including schools and hospitals industry (annual salary $54,040). For detailed political scientist salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$119,800
Federal government, including USPS
$119,800
Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$119,790
Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$116,140
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$67,910
Local government, including schools and hospitals
$67,910
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$66,880
State government, including schools and hospitals
$54,040

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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