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Social Scientist and Related Worker Salary Information

The salary statistics of social scientists and related workers are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of social scientists and related workers in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of social scientists and related workers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The social scientists and related workers 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 Scientist and Related Worker Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$41,990
25th Percentile Wage
$55,840
50th Percentile Wage
$75,280
75th Percentile Wage
$99,320
90th Percentile Wage
$125,400

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for social scientists and related workers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) social scientists and related workers is $125,400. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $75,280. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $41,990. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 198% 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 scientists and related workers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201675,2803.60%7.96%
201572,5702.12%-
201471,0301.59%-
201369,9000.87%-
201269,290--

Table 2. Social Scientist and Related Worker Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of social scientists and related workers in 16 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 scientists and related workers occupations is the mining sector with an annual salary $111,490. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $50,510).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Mining
$111,490
Finance and Insurance
$101,230
Manufacturing
$97,830
Utilities
$94,580
Transportation and Warehousing
$93,220
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$86,830
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$84,570
Information
$81,960
Federal, State, and Local Government
$78,630
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$77,020
Health Care and Social Assistance
$74,240
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$73,220
Construction
$71,300
Educational Services
$69,530
Wholesale Trade
$58,450
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$50,510

Table 3. Salaries of Social Scientist and Related Worker Related Occupations

The average annual salary of social scientist and related worker related occupations at the national level is given in Table 3. For more salary information about a specific occupation, use the links below.

Occupation Median Annual Salary
Political Scientists
$114,290
Economists
$101,050
Other Psychologists
$95,710
Industrial-Organizational Psychologists
$82,760
Sociologists
$79,750
Social Scientists and Related Workers
$77,020
Miscellaneous Social Scientists and Related Workers
$77,020
Psychologists
$75,230
Geographers
$74,260
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists
$73,270
Urban and Regional Planners
$70,020
Anthropologists and Archeologists
$63,190
Historians
$55,110
Survey Researchers
$54,470


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