Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

19-3041 Sociologists

Study human society and social behavior by examining the groups and social institutions that people form, as well as various social, religious, political, and business organizations. May study the behavior and interaction of groups, trace their origin and growth, and analyze the influence of group activities on individual members.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
2,240 6.6 % $37.89 $78,810 2.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.03 $25.80 $35.01 $45.88 $61.48
Annual Wage (2) $39,580 $53,650 $72,810 $95,440 $127,890


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:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,100 0.17 $42.06 $87,490
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 520 0.02 $29.30 $60,940
Local Government (OES Designation) 210 0.00 $33.95 $70,620
State Government (OES Designation) 150 0.01 $31.83 $66,210
Social Advocacy Organizations 70 0.04 (8) (8)

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,100 0.17 $42.06 $87,490
Social Advocacy Organizations 70 0.04 (8) (8)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 520 0.02 $29.30 $60,940
State Government (OES Designation) 150 0.01 $31.83 $66,210
Local Government (OES Designation) 210 0.00 $33.95 $70,620

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 30 (7) $47.36 $98,500
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,100 0.17 $42.06 $87,490
Local Government (OES Designation) 210 (7) $33.95 $70,620
State Government (OES Designation) 150 0.01 $31.83 $66,210
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 520 0.02 $29.30 $60,940


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.




States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 540 0.04 2.17 $41.59 $86,500
New York 430 0.05 2.93 $36.49 $75,910
Massachusetts 130 0.04 2.39 $43.78 $91,070
Pennsylvania 130 0.02 1.36 $47.52 $98,840
Texas 100 0.01 0.56 $18.19 $37,830



States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 100 0.15 9.13 $54.20 $112,740
New York 430 0.05 2.93 $36.49 $75,910
Massachusetts 130 0.04 2.39 $43.78 $91,070
California 540 0.04 2.17 $41.59 $86,500
Wisconsin 100 0.03 2.11 $27.29 $56,770



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 100 0.15 9.13 $54.20 $112,740
New Jersey (8) (8) (8) $50.30 $104,620
Pennsylvania 130 0.02 1.36 $47.52 $98,840
Virginia 50 0.01 0.81 $44.92 $93,440
Massachusetts 130 0.04 2.39 $43.78 $91,070




Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 400 0.07 4.51 $36.05 $74,980
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 140 0.03 2.04 $36.21 $75,310
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 130 0.06 3.38 $53.69 $111,670
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 130 0.07 4.41 $43.74 $90,980
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 130 0.12 7.05 $49.36 $102,670
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 90 0.10 6.03 $34.53 $71,820
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 70 0.08 4.83 $28.85 $60,000
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 60 0.04 2.50 $31.81 $66,160
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 50 0.17 10.00 $40.86 $84,980
Pittsburgh, PA 40 0.04 2.36 $54.16 $112,640



Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 40 0.20 12.05 $28.26 $58,780
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 50 0.17 10.00 $40.86 $84,980
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 130 0.12 7.05 $49.36 $102,670
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 90 0.10 6.03 $34.53 $71,820
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 70 0.08 4.83 $28.85 $60,000
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 130 0.07 4.41 $43.74 $90,980
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 400 0.07 4.51 $36.05 $74,980
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 130 0.06 3.38 $53.69 $111,670
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 60 0.04 2.50 $31.81 $66,160
Pittsburgh, PA 40 0.04 2.36 $54.16 $112,640



Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pittsburgh, PA 40 0.04 2.36 $54.16 $112,640
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 130 0.06 3.38 $53.69 $111,670
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 130 0.12 7.05 $49.36 $102,670
Baltimore-Towson, MD 40 0.03 1.79 $44.43 $92,420
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 130 0.07 4.41 $43.74 $90,980
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $41.32 $85,950
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 50 0.17 10.00 $40.86 $84,980
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $39.19 $81,520
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 140 0.03 2.04 $36.21 $75,310
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 400 0.07 4.51 $36.05 $74,980


About May 2014 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015