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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
5,660 6.6 % $55.43 $115,300 3.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $28.51 $41.45 $56.52 $71.61 $78.94
Annual Wage (2) $59,300 $86,220 $117,570 $148,950 $164,200


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) 3,040 0.15 $60.95 $126,770
Scientific Research and Development Services 970 0.14 $56.28 $117,070
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 490 0.03 $50.48 $104,990
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 400 0.01 $39.07 $81,270
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 210 0.00 $43.81 $91,120

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) 3,040 0.15 $60.95 $126,770
Scientific Research and Development Services 970 0.14 $56.28 $117,070
Social Advocacy Organizations 210 0.10 $41.06 $85,410
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 490 0.03 $50.48 $104,990
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 120 0.02 $54.01 $112,330

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) 3,040 0.15 $60.95 $126,770
Scientific Research and Development Services 970 0.14 $56.28 $117,070
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 120 0.02 $54.01 $112,330
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations (8) (8) $51.20 $106,500
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 490 0.03 $50.48 $104,990


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 3,220 4.52 115.55 $57.99 $120,610
Virginia 1,030 0.27 6.87 $61.82 $128,590
Texas 220 0.02 0.46 $42.12 $87,610
California 160 0.01 0.24 $35.61 $74,060
Washington 110 0.03 0.86 $40.61 $84,480




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 3,220 4.52 115.55 $57.99 $120,610
Virginia 1,030 0.27 6.87 $61.82 $128,590
Maine 40 0.07 1.82 $35.02 $72,850
Washington 110 0.03 0.86 $40.61 $84,480
Maryland 90 0.03 0.85 $59.21 $123,150




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Virginia 1,030 0.27 6.87 $61.82 $128,590
Maryland 90 0.03 0.85 $59.21 $123,150
New York 90 0.01 0.25 $58.86 $122,440
District of Columbia 3,220 4.52 115.55 $57.99 $120,610
Pennsylvania 100 0.02 0.45 $49.09 $102,110





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 4,250 1.36 34.63 $59.04 $122,810
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 90 0.05 1.17 $39.28 $81,690
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 80 0.01 0.22 $61.35 $127,600
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 50 0.06 1.63 $56.94 $118,440
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 40 0.01 0.24 $39.44 $82,040
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 40 0.01 0.38 $44.64 $92,860
Portland-South Portland, ME 40 0.18 4.67 $36.44 $75,790




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 4,250 1.36 34.63 $59.04 $122,810
Portland-South Portland, ME 40 0.18 4.67 $36.44 $75,790
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 50 0.06 1.63 $56.94 $118,440
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 90 0.05 1.17 $39.28 $81,690
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 40 0.01 0.38 $44.64 $92,860
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 80 0.01 0.22 $61.35 $127,600
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 40 0.01 0.24 $39.44 $82,040




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)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 80 0.01 0.22 $61.35 $127,600
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 4,250 1.36 34.63 $59.04 $122,810
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 50 0.06 1.63 $56.94 $118,440
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 40 0.01 0.38 $44.64 $92,860
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 40 0.01 0.24 $39.44 $82,040
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 90 0.05 1.17 $39.28 $81,690
Portland-South Portland, ME 40 0.18 4.67 $36.44 $75,790


About May 2018 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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019