Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
2,620 6.7 % $39.47 $82,100 2.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.41 $24.70 $35.46 $49.66 $69.83
Annual Wage (2) $36,200 $51,380 $73,760 $103,300 $145,250


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 1,290 0.20 $47.08 $97,920
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 680 0.02 $27.07 $56,310
State Government (OES Designation) 130 0.01 $30.44 $63,300
Local Government (OES Designation) 110 0.00 (8) (8)
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 90 0.01 $29.58 $61,530

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 1,290 0.20 $47.08 $97,920
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 680 0.02 $27.07 $56,310
State Government (OES Designation) 130 0.01 $30.44 $63,300
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 90 0.01 $29.58 $61,530
Local Government (OES Designation) 110 0.00 (8) (8)

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,290 0.20 $47.08 $97,920
Social Advocacy Organizations (8) (8) $41.56 $86,450
State Government (OES Designation) 130 0.01 $30.44 $63,300
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 90 0.01 $29.58 $61,530
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 680 0.02 $27.07 $56,310


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)
New York 660 0.07 3.89 $35.11 $73,030
California 620 0.04 2.11 $51.06 $106,200
District of Columbia 150 0.23 11.91 $48.24 $100,350
Texas 150 0.01 0.67 $17.33 $36,050
Wisconsin 130 0.05 2.52 $26.02 $54,120



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 150 0.23 11.91 $48.24 $100,350
New York 660 0.07 3.89 $35.11 $73,030
Wisconsin 130 0.05 2.52 $26.02 $54,120
California 620 0.04 2.11 $51.06 $106,200
Washington 80 0.03 1.36 $31.20 $64,900



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey (8) (8) (8) $62.91 $130,840
California 620 0.04 2.11 $51.06 $106,200
District of Columbia 150 0.23 11.91 $48.24 $100,350
Pennsylvania 100 0.02 0.92 $44.64 $92,850
North Carolina 90 0.02 1.16 $40.79 $84,850




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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 650 0.10 5.26 $34.58 $71,920
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 240 0.10 5.19 $53.40 $111,070
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 210 0.05 2.69 $60.12 $125,050
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 130 0.13 6.87 $50.99 $106,060
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 90 0.30 16.01 $41.47 $86,260
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 70 0.08 4.30 $33.90 $70,520
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 60 0.07 3.68 $28.12 $58,480
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 50 0.05 2.82 $36.56 $76,040
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 40 0.03 1.57 $44.14 $91,820



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)
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 90 0.30 16.01 $41.47 $86,260
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 130 0.13 6.87 $50.99 $106,060
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 240 0.10 5.19 $53.40 $111,070
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 650 0.10 5.26 $34.58 $71,920
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 70 0.08 4.30 $33.90 $70,520
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 60 0.07 3.68 $28.12 $58,480
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 50 0.05 2.82 $36.56 $76,040
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 210 0.05 2.69 $60.12 $125,050
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 40 0.03 1.57 $44.14 $91,820



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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 210 0.05 2.69 $60.12 $125,050
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 240 0.10 5.19 $53.40 $111,070
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 130 0.13 6.87 $50.99 $106,060
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $45.76 $95,190
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (8) (8) (8) $45.23 $94,070
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 40 0.03 1.57 $44.14 $91,820
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 90 0.30 16.01 $41.47 $86,260
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 50 0.05 2.82 $36.56 $76,040
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 650 0.10 5.26 $34.58 $71,920
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 70 0.08 4.30 $33.90 $70,520


About May 2015 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 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.

(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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016