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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 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
$45,420
25th Percentile Wage
$59,340
50th Percentile Wage
$77,020
75th Percentile Wage
$99,130
90th Percentile Wage
$119,800

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.

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
201677,0200.83%0.62%
201576,3800.98%-
201475,630-1.51%-
201376,7700.30%-
201276,540--

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

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
$88,490
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$81,250
Federal, State, and Local Government
$79,520
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$78,070
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$75,330
Information
$64,980
Educational Services
$57,660
Health Care and Social Assistance
$54,680
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$46,700

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 $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
Virginia
$104,430
Maryland
$96,210
District of Columbia
$95,210
Hawaii
$89,130
Connecticut
$87,020
New Jersey
$82,030
Arizona
$80,000
Nebraska
$77,260
New York
$77,040
Alabama
$77,010
Pennsylvania
$76,860
Texas
$75,150
Massachusetts
$74,290
Minnesota
$73,680
Alaska
$73,490
Ohio
$73,390
Vermont
$73,380
New Mexico
$73,060
Oregon
$73,050
Colorado
$72,200
Illinois
$71,510
New Hampshire
$71,360
Nevada
$71,150
South Carolina
$71,020
Indiana
$69,640
Rhode Island
$69,250
Kansas
$69,210
Florida
$69,140
Missouri
$69,130
Louisiana
$69,130
West Virginia
$69,130
Wisconsin
$67,460
Montana
$67,160
Michigan
$66,580
Washington
$66,030
Mississippi
$65,180
South Dakota
$65,180
Kentucky
$65,170
North Dakota
$65,170
California
$64,940
Georgia
$64,740
Idaho
$63,200
North Carolina
$63,140
Maine
$62,940
Iowa
$62,470
Tennessee
$62,020
Wyoming
$61,220
Arkansas
$58,560
Puerto Rico
$50,590
Utah
$46,260



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