Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
5,570 4.1 % $48.51 $100,900 3.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $24.29 $34.34 $48.52 $64.06 $71.40
Annual Wage (2) $50,520 $71,420 $100,920 $133,250 $148,510


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)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,240 0.16 $55.09 $114,580
Scientific Research and Development Services 670 0.11 $45.45 $94,530
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 530 0.02 $32.49 $67,580
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 430 0.04 $42.33 $88,050
Local Government (OES Designation) 160 0.00 $32.47 $67,530

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,240 0.16 $55.09 $114,580
Scientific Research and Development Services 670 0.11 $45.45 $94,530
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 430 0.04 $42.33 $88,050
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 140 0.03 (8) (8)
Social Advocacy Organizations 60 0.03 $36.59 $76,120

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) 3,240 0.16 $55.09 $114,580
Scientific Research and Development Services 670 0.11 $45.45 $94,530
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 430 0.04 $42.33 $88,050
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 60 0.01 $39.29 $81,720
Social Advocacy Organizations 60 0.03 $36.59 $76,120


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 3,370 5.06 120.46 $52.51 $109,230
Virginia 720 0.20 4.72 $53.65 $111,590
California 390 0.03 0.62 $36.28 $75,460
Texas 220 0.02 0.47 $33.39 $69,450
Maine 110 0.20 4.70 $34.43 $71,610




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 3,370 5.06 120.46 $52.51 $109,230
Virginia 720 0.20 4.72 $53.65 $111,590
Maine 110 0.20 4.70 $34.43 $71,610
Maryland 110 0.04 1.02 $53.31 $110,880
Washington 90 0.03 0.75 $31.05 $64,590




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Virginia 720 0.20 4.72 $53.65 $111,590
Maryland 110 0.04 1.02 $53.31 $110,880
District of Columbia 3,370 5.06 120.46 $52.51 $109,230
New York 70 0.01 0.20 $50.37 $104,760
Michigan 40 0.01 0.24 $45.04 $93,690





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 4,010 1.69 40.33 $52.62 $109,440
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 90 0.08 1.97 $34.32 $71,380
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 80 0.06 1.35 $30.86 $64,180
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 60 0.01 0.27 $55.14 $114,690
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 50 0.05 1.27 $39.31 $81,760




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 4,010 1.69 40.33 $52.62 $109,440
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 90 0.08 1.97 $34.32 $71,380
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 80 0.06 1.35 $30.86 $64,180
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 50 0.05 1.27 $39.31 $81,760
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 60 0.01 0.27 $55.14 $114,690




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)
Richmond, VA (8) (8) (8) $56.20 $116,890
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC (8) (8) (8) $55.30 $115,020
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 60 0.01 0.27 $55.14 $114,690
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,010 1.69 40.33 $52.62 $109,440
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA (8) (8) (8) $45.02 $93,640
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $40.28 $83,780
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 50 0.05 1.27 $39.31 $81,760
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $38.29 $79,640
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 90 0.08 1.97 $34.32 $71,380
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 80 0.06 1.35 $30.86 $64,180


About May 2013 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.

(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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014