Social Scientist and Related Worker Salary in Sector of Federal, State, and Local Government

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

Average Annual Salary of Social Scientists and Related Workers

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$53,560
25th Percentile Wage
$65,170
50th Percentile Wage
$79,520
75th Percentile Wage
$98,670
90th Percentile Wage
$114,500

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for social scientists and related workers 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) social scientists and related workers is $114,500. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $79,520. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid social scientists and related workers is $53,560.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201679,5202.88%3.27%
201577,230-0.74%-
201477,8001.14%-
201376,910-0.01%-
201276,920--

Compare Social Scientist and Related Worker Salary in Different Industries within the Federal, State, and Local Government Sector

The average salaries of social scientists and related workers 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 social scientist and related worker occupations is the federal executive branch (oes designation) industry with an annual salary $81,030. The lowest paying industry is the state government, including schools and hospitals industry (annual salary $57,810). For detailed social scientist and related worker salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$81,030
Federal government, including USPS
$81,030
Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$79,520
Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$77,010
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$73,160
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$69,680
Local government, including schools and hospitals
$68,880
State government, including schools and hospitals
$57,810

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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