Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2006
19-3094 Political Scientists
Study the origin, development, and operation of political systems. Research a wide range of subjects, such as relations between the United States and foreign countries, the beliefs and institutions of foreign nations, or the politics of small towns or a major metropolis. May study topics, such as public opinion, political decision making, and ideology. May analyze the structure and operation of governments, as well as various political entities. May conduct public opinion surveys, analyze election results, or analyze public documents.
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National estimates for this occupation: Top
Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:
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Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:
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Industry profile for this occupation: Top
Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided.
For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.
Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:
Top paying industries for this occupation:
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Federal Executive Branch (OES designation)
Scientific Research and Development Services
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations
Local Government (OES designation)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
State profile for this occupation: Top
States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided.
For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.
States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:
Top paying States for this occupation:
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top
Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided.
For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.
Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:
Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:
About May 2006 National, State, Metropolitan, and nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates
These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia.
The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files (XLS).
Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more.
The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median.
More about percentile wages.
(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.
(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours;
for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.
(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.
(8) Estimate not released.
Other OES estimates and related information:
May 2006 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates
May 2006 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates
May 2006 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates
May 2006 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates
List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order
List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order
Download May 2006 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped Excel files
Last Modified Date: December 6, 2007