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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Social Scientist and Related Worker Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$42,690
25th Percentile Wage
$57,250
50th Percentile Wage
$76,970
75th Percentile Wage
$101,330
90th Percentile Wage
$127,430

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 $127,430. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $76,970. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $42,690. Take 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 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$76,970
2.20% 9.98%
2016
$75,280
3.60% -
2015
$72,570
2.12% -
2014
$71,030
1.59% -
2013
$69,900
0.87% -
2012
$69,290
- -

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

The average salaries of social scientists and related workers in 17 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 finance and insurance sector with an annual salary $103,470. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $50,840).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Finance and Insurance
$103,470
Mining
$101,230
Manufacturing
$100,940
Transportation and Warehousing
$95,860
Utilities
$93,480
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$91,120
Construction
$90,050
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$82,570
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$80,490
Federal, State, and Local Government
$80,250
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$78,300
Health Care and Social Assistance
$76,380
Information
$74,670
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$74,630
Educational Services
$71,400
Wholesale Trade
$60,790
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$50,840

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
$123,110
Economists
$109,550
Other Psychologists
$107,640
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists
$107,320
Historians
$90,870
Miscellaneous Social Scientists and Related Workers
$78,680
Psychologists
$77,030
Geographers
$76,860
Urban and Regional Planners
$75,140
Industrial-Organizational Psychologists
$73,310
Social Scientists and Related Workers
$70,260
Sociologists
$66,950
Anthropologists and Archeologists
$65,610
Survey Researchers
$58,050



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