Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
28,060 2.8 % $22.00 $45,760 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.87 $15.42 $20.42 $26.83 $35.23
Annual Wage (2) $20,540 $32,080 $42,480 $55,810 $73,280


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)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 9,900 0.33 $20.42 $42,470
Scientific Research and Development Services 9,290 1.44 $24.38 $50,710
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 1,920 0.29 $14.38 $29,920
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,780 0.14 $22.17 $46,110
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,520 0.03 $23.47 $48,810

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 9,290 1.44 $24.38 $50,710
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 9,900 0.33 $20.42 $42,470
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 1,920 0.29 $14.38 $29,920
Social Advocacy Organizations 420 0.21 $22.30 $46,390
Educational Support Services 220 0.14 $22.41 $46,610

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 90 0.04 $31.03 $64,550
Management of Companies and Enterprises 90 (7) $30.58 $63,600
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 320 0.07 $27.80 $57,820
Grantmaking and Giving Services 60 0.05 $24.52 $51,000
Scientific Research and Development Services 9,290 1.44 $24.38 $50,710


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 6,160 0.69 3.37 $21.38 $44,460
District of Columbia 3,410 5.04 24.78 $22.22 $46,220
California 3,100 0.20 0.98 $25.46 $52,960
North Carolina 1,290 0.31 1.54 $23.09 $48,020
Massachusetts 1,240 0.37 1.80 $25.65 $53,340



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 3,410 5.04 24.78 $22.22 $46,220
New York 6,160 0.69 3.37 $21.38 $44,460
West Virginia 290 0.41 1.99 $22.83 $47,480
Indiana 1,190 0.40 1.99 $19.94 $41,480
Arizona 1,020 0.39 1.94 $20.84 $43,360



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 270 0.07 0.34 $26.21 $54,510
Massachusetts 1,240 0.37 1.80 $25.65 $53,340
California 3,100 0.20 0.98 $25.46 $52,960
Virginia 810 0.22 1.08 $25.31 $52,650
Alaska 50 0.14 0.69 $25.13 $52,260




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 3,830 1.59 7.79 $23.23 $48,310
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,050 0.47 2.31 $26.03 $54,140
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 1,430 1.12 5.49 $13.03 $27,110
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,100 0.62 3.06 $25.71 $53,480
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 940 0.23 1.13 $25.24 $52,490
Tucson, AZ 850 2.40 11.78 $21.25 $44,190
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 770 2.66 13.08 $22.32 $46,420
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 560 0.55 2.69 $25.77 $53,610
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 500 0.57 2.81 $20.29 $42,190
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 480 0.83 4.07 $23.50 $48,880



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)
Morgantown, WV 210 3.28 16.10 $23.73 $49,350
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 770 2.66 13.08 $22.32 $46,420
Tucson, AZ 850 2.40 11.78 $21.25 $44,190
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,830 1.59 7.79 $23.23 $48,310
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 290 1.35 6.66 $19.33 $40,200
Lincoln, NE 220 1.28 6.28 $21.85 $45,440
Eugene, OR 170 1.19 5.86 $21.34 $44,390
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 1,430 1.12 5.49 $13.03 $27,110
Athens-Clarke County, GA 90 1.12 5.48 $22.56 $46,930
College Station-Bryan, TX 100 0.94 4.63 $20.24 $42,090



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)
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 40 0.09 0.44 $30.76 $63,970
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 80 0.07 0.33 $29.10 $60,520
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 210 0.16 0.77 $28.61 $59,520
Rochester, NY 40 0.09 0.42 $27.44 $57,070
Raleigh, NC 250 0.45 2.19 $26.92 $56,000
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $26.82 $55,790
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 200 0.19 0.92 $26.07 $54,230
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,050 0.47 2.31 $26.03 $54,140
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 560 0.55 2.69 $25.77 $53,610
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,100 0.62 3.06 $25.71 $53,480

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 0.53 2.59 $20.01 $41,620
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 100 0.75 3.69 $17.68 $36,770

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)
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 100 0.75 3.69 $17.68 $36,770
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 100 0.53 2.59 $20.01 $41,620

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)
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 100 0.53 2.59 $20.01 $41,620
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 100 0.75 3.69 $17.68 $36,770


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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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