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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. 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
$48,580
25th Percentile Wage
$62,070
50th Percentile Wage
$79,370
75th Percentile Wage
$102,040
90th Percentile Wage
$123,230

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 $123,230. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $79,370. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $48,580. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 153% 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
$79,370
2.96% 3.57%
2016
$77,020
0.83% -
2015
$76,380
0.98% -
2014
$75,630
-1.51% -
2013
$76,770
0.30% -
2012
$76,540
- -

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

The average salaries of social scientists and related workers in 12 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 $89,200. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $48,720).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$89,200
Transportation and Warehousing
$85,370
Manufacturing
$84,020
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$83,980
Federal, State, and Local Government
$81,790
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$81,430
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$65,790
Information
$64,980
Educational Services
$61,290
Health Care and Social Assistance
$59,230
Wholesale Trade
$52,540
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$48,720

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Social Scientists and Related Workers by States

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 $50,320 to $107,100. The highest paying state for social scientists and related workers is Virginia with a median annual salary of $107,100. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $50,320. 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
Virginia
$107,100
Maryland
$100,250
District of Columbia
$98,080
Hawaii
$93,700
New Jersey
$84,960
Arizona
$82,210
Connecticut
$81,810
New York
$78,970
Massachusetts
$78,710
Pennsylvania
$77,770
Nebraska
$77,260
Alabama
$77,150
Texas
$76,970
Illinois
$76,920
Vermont
$75,940
Georgia
$75,700
Minnesota
$74,920
Colorado
$74,850
New Mexico
$74,440
Kansas
$74,270
Alaska
$73,840
Nevada
$72,790
Florida
$72,260
Ohio
$72,250
South Carolina
$72,240
Indiana
$72,240
Missouri
$72,170
Oregon
$72,160
California
$71,410
New Hampshire
$71,360
West Virginia
$70,250
Michigan
$70,180
Washington
$69,860
Wisconsin
$68,850
Arkansas
$68,240
Louisiana
$68,230
Maine
$67,610
Rhode Island
$66,310
South Dakota
$66,240
Kentucky
$66,240
Mississippi
$66,240
Montana
$65,300
Oklahoma
$65,180
Delaware
$64,830
Utah
$64,700
North Dakota
$64,230
Wyoming
$64,220
North Carolina
$63,030
Iowa
$62,470
Tennessee
$62,230
Idaho
$53,090
Puerto Rico
$50,320



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