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Social Science Research Assistant Salary Information

The salary statistics of social science research assistants are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of social science research assistants within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The social science research assistants annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Social Science Research Assistant Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$22,090
25th Percentile Wage
$32,450
50th Percentile Wage
$43,190
75th Percentile Wage
$57,180
90th Percentile Wage
$74,900

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for social science research assistants. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) social science research assistants is $74,900. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $43,190. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $22,090. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 239% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of social science research assistants from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201643,1901.64%14.01%
201542,4807.11%-
201439,4602.91%-
201338,3103.05%-
201237,140--

Table 2. Social Science Research Assistant Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of social science research assistants in 9 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 social science research assistants occupations is the management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $62,270. The lowest paying sector is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector (annual salary $38,750).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$62,270
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$49,880
Finance and Insurance
$49,840
Health Care and Social Assistance
$48,620
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$47,470
Federal, State, and Local Government
$45,460
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$44,250
Educational Services
$40,670
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$38,750

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Social Science Research Assistants by States

From the above tables we note that not only social science research assistants 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 social science research assistants in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $24,400 to $56,250. The highest paying state for social science research assistants is Massachusetts with a median annual salary of $56,250. The lowest paying state is South Dakota with a median annual salary of $24,400. For more salary information of social science research assistants profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Massachusetts
$56,250
Rhode Island
$53,880
New Jersey
$53,800
California
$49,640
Virginia
$48,810
Hawaii
$47,990
Arizona
$47,330
Arkansas
$47,250
Oregon
$45,840
Maryland
$44,850
Connecticut
$44,830
Minnesota
$44,330
District of Columbia
$44,310
New Mexico
$44,170
Georgia
$43,120
West Virginia
$42,920
Tennessee
$42,730
Washington
$42,600
Colorado
$42,070
Maine
$41,860
New York
$41,760
North Carolina
$40,620
Pennsylvania
$40,050
Indiana
$40,040
Missouri
$39,970
Iowa
$39,070
Ohio
$38,180
Illinois
$37,800
South Carolina
$36,710
Texas
$36,640
Wisconsin
$35,000
Florida
$34,560
Michigan
$31,810
South Dakota
$24,400


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