The salary statistics of social scientists and related workers are shown in Table 1. 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 .
|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 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 $119,800. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $77,020. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $45,420. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 163% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of social scientists and related workers from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
The average salaries of social scientists and related workers 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 scientists and related workers occupations is the professional, scientific, and technical services sector with an annual salary $88,490. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $46,700).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
From the above tables we note that not only social scientists and related workers 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 scientists and related workers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $46,260 to $104,430. The highest paying state for social scientists and related workers is Virginia with a median annual salary of $104,430. The lowest paying state is Utah with a median annual salary of $46,260. For more salary information of social scientists and related workers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.
|State Name||Median Annual Salary|
|District of Columbia|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|New York|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |