Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

19-4061 Social Science Research Assistants

Assist social scientists in laboratory, survey, and other social science research. May help prepare findings for publication and assist in laboratory analysis, quality control, or data management. Excludes "Graduate Teaching Assistants" (25-1191).


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)
27,780 3.5 % $20.71 $43,070 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.20 $13.84 $18.97 $25.50 $33.45
Annual Wage (2) $19,130 $28,790 $39,460 $53,050 $69,570


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 10,320 1.62 $22.45 $46,700
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 9,300 0.32 $20.15 $41,900
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 2,300 0.36 $11.73 $24,390
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,610 0.13 $20.28 $42,180
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,060 0.02 $21.63 $44,990

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 10,320 1.62 $22.45 $46,700
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 2,300 0.36 $11.73 $24,390
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 9,300 0.32 $20.15 $41,900
Social Advocacy Organizations 350 0.17 $21.14 $43,980
Educational Support Services 190 0.13 $22.28 $46,340

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 130 0.01 $24.97 $51,940
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 240 0.06 $24.86 $51,720
State Government (OES Designation) 440 0.02 $24.32 $50,580
Outpatient Care Centers (8) (8) $23.64 $49,180
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 530 0.01 $22.90 $47,630


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 7,170 0.81 3.96 $18.98 $39,480
California 3,070 0.20 0.99 $24.18 $50,300
District of Columbia 2,790 4.13 20.11 $20.18 $41,970
Massachusetts 1,560 0.47 2.29 $24.70 $51,380
North Carolina 1,250 0.31 1.50 $22.62 $47,060



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 2,790 4.13 20.11 $20.18 $41,970
New York 7,170 0.81 3.96 $18.98 $39,480
Massachusetts 1,560 0.47 2.29 $24.70 $51,380
Indiana 1,240 0.43 2.08 $19.61 $40,790
Maine 210 0.36 1.73 $20.17 $41,960



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Minnesota 90 0.03 0.16 $26.82 $55,790
Illinois 340 0.06 0.28 $25.45 $52,940
Maryland 820 0.32 1.56 $25.10 $52,210
Massachusetts 1,560 0.47 2.29 $24.70 $51,380
New Jersey 180 0.05 0.23 $24.37 $50,700




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 3,390 1.43 6.94 $21.93 $45,610
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,190 0.59 2.87 $23.54 $48,950
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 2,050 1.62 7.90 $11.57 $24,060
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,380 0.77 3.74 $25.00 $51,990
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 760 0.19 0.91 $21.68 $45,090
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 750 2.65 12.89 $21.52 $44,760
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 550 0.50 2.45 $22.78 $47,380
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 540 0.29 1.40 $19.46 $40,470
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 450 0.30 1.46 $27.18 $56,540
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 330 0.58 2.84 $26.10 $54,290



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)
College Station-Bryan, TX 270 2.68 13.06 $19.88 $41,350
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 750 2.65 12.89 $21.52 $44,760
Morgantown, WV 130 2.05 9.96 $22.84 $47,510
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 2,050 1.62 7.90 $11.57 $24,060
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,390 1.43 6.94 $21.93 $45,610
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 260 1.25 6.09 $19.08 $39,690
Athens-Clarke County, GA 90 1.11 5.38 $22.39 $46,570
Ann Arbor, MI 180 0.87 4.24 $16.15 $33,600
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,380 0.77 3.74 $25.00 $51,990
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,190 0.59 2.87 $23.54 $48,950



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)
Columbia, SC 40 0.11 0.55 $28.16 $58,580
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 40 0.04 0.19 $28.11 $58,470
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA 40 0.07 0.34 $27.74 $57,700
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 260 0.20 0.97 $27.25 $56,690
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 450 0.30 1.46 $27.18 $56,540
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 280 0.08 0.37 $26.98 $56,110
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $26.92 $55,990
Raleigh-Cary, NC 260 0.48 2.33 $26.89 $55,930
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 80 0.04 0.21 $26.40 $54,910
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 330 0.58 2.84 $26.10 $54,290

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 100 0.54 2.63 $19.66 $40,900
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 90 0.72 3.52 $17.30 $35,980
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 1.14 $16.20 $33,700
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 1.00 $26.81 $55,760

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 90 0.72 3.52 $17.30 $35,980
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 100 0.54 2.63 $19.66 $40,900
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 1.14 $16.20 $33,700
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 1.00 $26.81 $55,760

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 1.00 $26.81 $55,760
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 100 0.54 2.63 $19.66 $40,900
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 90 0.72 3.52 $17.30 $35,980
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 1.14 $16.20 $33,700


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015