Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

19-3094 Political Scientists

Study the origin, development, and operation of political systems. 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. Excludes "Survey Researchers" (19-3022).


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)
3,910 8.2 % $49.62 $103,210 2.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $22.70 $32.05 $47.95 $66.77 $78.12
Annual Wage (2) $47,210 $66,670 $99,730 $138,870 $162,500


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 1,110 0.17 $55.33 $115,100
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 950 0.05 $57.60 $119,810
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 440 0.01 $27.87 $57,970
Social Advocacy Organizations 270 0.13 $41.89 $87,130
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 240 0.02 $61.86 $128,670

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 1,110 0.17 $55.33 $115,100
Social Advocacy Organizations 270 0.13 $41.89 $87,130
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 950 0.05 $57.60 $119,810
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 200 0.04 $47.12 $98,000
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 110 0.03 $45.81 $95,290

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 240 0.02 $61.86 $128,670
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 950 0.05 $57.60 $119,810
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,110 0.17 $55.33 $115,100
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 200 0.04 $47.12 $98,000
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 110 0.03 $45.81 $95,290


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)
District of Columbia 1,340 1.98 69.92 $53.06 $110,360
Virginia 850 0.23 8.17 $61.00 $126,880
California 390 0.03 0.89 $46.43 $96,570
Texas 310 0.03 0.94 $33.13 $68,910
Arizona 130 0.05 1.72 $47.02 $97,800



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 1,340 1.98 69.92 $53.06 $110,360
Virginia 850 0.23 8.17 $61.00 $126,880
Maine 70 0.12 4.11 $33.46 $69,600
Arizona 130 0.05 1.72 $47.02 $97,800
Washington 120 0.04 1.37 $34.56 $71,870



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Virginia 850 0.23 8.17 $61.00 $126,880
New York 70 0.01 0.28 $54.40 $113,150
District of Columbia 1,340 1.98 69.92 $53.06 $110,360
Maryland 90 0.04 1.26 $51.53 $107,190
Arizona 130 0.05 1.72 $47.02 $97,800




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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,030 0.84 29.65 $56.32 $117,140
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 110 0.06 2.12 $48.31 $100,490
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 100 0.07 2.40 $34.02 $70,760
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 60 0.01 0.32 $57.46 $119,520
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 50 0.07 2.35 $61.13 $127,150
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 40 0.19 6.87 $51.98 $108,120
Austin-Round Rock, TX 40 0.04 1.39 $30.46 $63,360



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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,030 0.84 29.65 $56.32 $117,140
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 40 0.19 6.87 $51.98 $108,120
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 50 0.07 2.35 $61.13 $127,150
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 100 0.07 2.40 $34.02 $70,760
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 110 0.06 2.12 $48.31 $100,490
Austin-Round Rock, TX 40 0.04 1.39 $30.46 $63,360
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 60 0.01 0.32 $57.46 $119,520



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)
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 50 0.07 2.35 $61.13 $127,150
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 60 0.01 0.32 $57.46 $119,520
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,030 0.84 29.65 $56.32 $117,140
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 40 0.19 6.87 $51.98 $108,120
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 110 0.06 2.12 $48.31 $100,490
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX (8) (8) (8) $39.56 $82,280
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $38.07 $79,180
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 100 0.07 2.40 $34.02 $70,760
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $32.54 $67,680
Austin-Round Rock, TX 40 0.04 1.39 $30.46 $63,360


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