Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

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
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
4,430 8.3 % $36.63 $76,190 2.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.15 $25.63 $33.47 $43.75 $59.33
Annual Wage (2) $41,910 $53,300 $69,620 $91,000 $123,410


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 Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,070 $38.39 $79,850
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,290 $35.20 $73,210
Local Government (OES Designation) 300 $30.29 $63,010
State Government (OES Designation) 210 $26.95 $56,050
Elementary and Secondary Schools 70 $25.69 $53,430

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 40 $48.71 $101,320
Social Advocacy Organizations (8) $43.72 $90,930
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,070 $38.39 $79,850
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 50 $38.13 $79,300
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,290 $35.20 $73,210


State profile for this occupation: Top

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

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
District of Columbia 600 $45.13 $93,870 0.945
Idaho 70 $26.33 $54,760 0.109
California 1,200 $38.03 $79,100 0.082
New York 660 $40.31 $83,850 0.078
Massachusetts 240 $33.04 $68,730 0.075

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
District of Columbia 600 $45.13 $93,870 0.945
New York 660 $40.31 $83,850 0.078
California 1,200 $38.03 $79,100 0.082
Arizona 60 $36.92 $76,790 0.026
Massachusetts 240 $33.04 $68,730 0.075


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

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

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Durham, NC 80 $33.42 $69,520 0.291
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 610 $45.13 $93,860 0.266
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 220 $41.32 $85,940 0.223
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 230 $32.90 $68,420 0.136
Raleigh-Cary, NC 70 $19.96 $41,520 0.136

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division (8) $56.07 $116,620 (8)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 610 $45.13 $93,860 0.266
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 330 $41.75 $86,840 0.064
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 220 $41.32 $85,940 0.223
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division (8) $34.08 $70,890 (8)


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010