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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage|| |
|25th Percentile Wage|| |
|50th Percentile Wage|| |
|75th Percentile Wage|| |
|90th Percentile Wage|| |
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.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of social science research assistants from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
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|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
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|
|Rhode Island|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|District of Columbia|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|New York|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|South Dakota|| |