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
$54,970
25th Percentile Wage
$66,500
50th Percentile Wage
$81,790
75th Percentile Wage
$101,220
90th Percentile Wage
$117,760

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 $117,760. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $81,790. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid social scientists and related workers is $54,970.

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 federal, state, and local government from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$81,790
2.78% 5.95%
2016
$79,520
2.88% -
2015
$77,230
-0.74% -
2014
$77,800
1.14% -
2013
$76,910
-0.01% -
2012
$76,920
- -

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 $84,180. The lowest paying industry is the state government, including schools and hospitals industry (annual salary $60,660). 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)
$84,180
Federal government, including USPS
$84,180
Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$81,790
Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$78,910
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$73,100
Local government, including schools and hospitals
$72,040
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$70,340
State government, including schools and hospitals
$60,660

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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