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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$23,360
25th Percentile Wage
$33,980
50th Percentile Wage
$46,000
75th Percentile Wage
$60,400
90th Percentile Wage
$77,350

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 $77,350. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $46,000. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $23,360. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 231% 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 social science research assistants from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$46,000
6.11% 19.26%
2016
$43,190
1.64% -
2015
$42,480
7.11% -
2014
$39,460
2.91% -
2013
$38,310
3.05% -
2012
$37,140
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Table 2. Social Science Research Assistant Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of social science research assistants in 10 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 finance and insurance sector with an annual salary $55,920. The lowest paying sector is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector (annual salary $39,560).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Finance and Insurance
$55,920
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$52,180
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$50,010
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$47,950
Federal, State, and Local Government
$45,400
Educational Services
$44,210
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$42,380
Information
$42,080
Health Care and Social Assistance
$41,770
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$39,560

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 $54,290. The highest paying state for social science research assistants is New Jersey with a median annual salary of $54,290. 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
New Jersey
$54,290
District of Columbia
$54,200
Rhode Island
$53,880
Alaska
$52,940
California
$51,500
Georgia
$51,490
Vermont
$51,320
Nevada
$51,040
Maryland
$50,270
Massachusetts
$50,090
Colorado
$49,600
Hawaii
$49,530
Kansas
$49,370
Arizona
$48,960
Arkansas
$48,280
West Virginia
$47,130
North Dakota
$46,840
Delaware
$45,960
Nebraska
$45,760
New York
$45,700
Virginia
$45,660
Kentucky
$45,020
Maine
$44,630
Minnesota
$44,330
Oregon
$44,270
New Mexico
$44,170
Missouri
$42,770
Connecticut
$42,600
Tennessee
$42,410
Washington
$41,730
Illinois
$41,710
Pennsylvania
$41,290
Montana
$40,900
Wisconsin
$40,450
Indiana
$40,040
North Carolina
$39,600
Texas
$39,590
Florida
$39,560
Iowa
$39,120
Oklahoma
$39,100
Ohio
$39,030
South Carolina
$38,460
New Hampshire
$37,560
Utah
$35,620
Michigan
$35,440
Wyoming
$34,920
Louisiana
$26,290
South Dakota
$24,400



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