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Political Scientist Salary Information

The salary statistics of political scientists are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of political scientists within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The political scientists annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Political Scientist Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$56,150
25th Percentile Wage
$82,370
50th Percentile Wage
$115,110
75th Percentile Wage
$145,620
90th Percentile Wage
$161,890

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for political scientists. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) political scientists is $161,890. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $115,110. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $56,150. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 188% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of political scientists from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$115,110
0.71% 11.39%
2016
$114,290
12.74% -
2015
$99,730
-5.20% -
2014
$104,920
3.81% -
2013
$100,920
-1.07% -
2012
$102,000
- -

Table 2. Political Scientist Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of political scientists in 4 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for political scientists occupations is the federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $123,220. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $58,960).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$123,220
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$118,320
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$76,790
Educational Services
$58,960

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Political Scientists by States

From the above tables we note that not only political scientists salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of political scientists in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $61,670 to $138,160. The highest paying state for political scientists is Virginia with a median annual salary of $138,160. The lowest paying state is Maine with a median annual salary of $61,670. For more salary information of political scientists profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Virginia
$138,160
Maryland
$126,960
District of Columbia
$123,070
New York
$117,450
Pennsylvania
$108,460
Arizona
$96,320
Ohio
$87,710
Massachusetts
$81,240
Texas
$79,390
Illinois
$76,330
Washington
$75,770
Michigan
$74,880
Georgia
$74,310
California
$70,720
Maine
$61,670



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