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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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 Sociologists
Industry profile for Sociologists
Geographic profile for Sociologists

National estimates for Sociologists: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Sociologists:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
2,470 8.0 % $ 44.91 $ 93,420 2.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for Sociologists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 25.31 $ 31.58 $ 41.40 $ 53.80 $ 68.76
Annual Wage (2) $ 52,640 $ 65,680 $ 86,110 $ 111,910 $ 143,020


Industry profile for Sociologists: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Sociologists are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Sociologists, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Sociologists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,180 0.16 $ 50.93 $ 105,930
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 470 0.02 $ 43.18 $ 89,810
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 460 0.02 $ 36.74 $ 76,410
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 80 0.00 $ 36.28 $ 75,470
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities (5221 and 5223 only) 30 0.00 $ 63.31 $ 131,690

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Sociologists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,180 0.16 $ 50.93 $ 105,930
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 460 0.02 $ 36.74 $ 76,410
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 470 0.02 $ 43.18 $ 89,810
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities (5221 and 5223 only) 30 0.00 $ 63.31 $ 131,690
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 80 0.00 $ 36.28 $ 75,470

Top paying industries for Sociologists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities (5221 and 5223 only) 30 (7) $ 63.31 $ 131,690
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,180 0.16 $ 50.93 $ 105,930
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 470 0.02 $ 43.18 $ 89,810
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 460 0.02 $ 36.74 $ 76,410
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 80 (7) $ 36.28 $ 75,470


Geographic profile for Sociologists: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Sociologists are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Sociologists, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Sociologists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 980 0.06 3.36 $ 51.38 $ 106,870
Michigan 170 0.04 2.40 $ 39.64 $ 82,460
Maryland 140 0.05 3.02 $ 42.45 $ 88,290
New York 130 0.02 0.86 $ 35.23 $ 73,270
Massachusetts 120 0.04 2.09 $ 44.27 $ 92,090




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Sociologists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 980 0.06 3.36 $ 51.38 $ 106,870
Maryland 140 0.05 3.02 $ 42.45 $ 88,290
Michigan 170 0.04 2.40 $ 39.64 $ 82,460
Massachusetts 120 0.04 2.09 $ 44.27 $ 92,090
Washington 100 0.03 1.69 $ 36.24 $ 75,390




Top paying states for Sociologists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Carolina 50 0.01 0.67 $ 52.85 $ 109,930
California 980 0.06 3.36 $ 51.38 $ 106,870
Illinois (8) (8) (8) $ 46.09 $ 95,860
Massachusetts 120 0.04 2.09 $ 44.27 $ 92,090
Maryland 140 0.05 3.02 $ 42.45 $ 88,290





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Sociologists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 380 0.16 9.28 $ 48.12 $ 100,090
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 150 0.03 1.48 $ 68.77 $ 143,030
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 150 0.05 2.73 $ 46.26 $ 96,220
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 120 0.01 0.74 $ 37.18 $ 77,340
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 110 0.11 6.45 $ 46.18 $ 96,050
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 100 0.04 2.23 $ 46.00 $ 95,690
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 80 0.05 3.09 $ 55.65 $ 115,740
Columbus, OH 70 0.07 3.89 $ 34.07 $ 70,860
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 50 0.03 1.48 $ 36.26 $ 75,420




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Sociologists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 380 0.16 9.28 $ 48.12 $ 100,090
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 110 0.11 6.45 $ 46.18 $ 96,050
Columbus, OH 70 0.07 3.89 $ 34.07 $ 70,860
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 80 0.05 3.09 $ 55.65 $ 115,740
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 150 0.05 2.73 $ 46.26 $ 96,220
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 100 0.04 2.23 $ 46.00 $ 95,690
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 50 0.03 1.48 $ 36.26 $ 75,420
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 150 0.03 1.48 $ 68.77 $ 143,030
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 120 0.01 0.74 $ 37.18 $ 77,340




Top paying metropolitan areas for Sociologists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 150 0.03 1.48 $ 68.77 $ 143,030
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 80 0.05 3.09 $ 55.65 $ 115,740
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 380 0.16 9.28 $ 48.12 $ 100,090
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 150 0.05 2.73 $ 46.26 $ 96,220
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 110 0.11 6.45 $ 46.18 $ 96,050
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI (8) (8) (8) $ 46.05 $ 95,790
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 100 0.04 2.23 $ 46.00 $ 95,690
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 120 0.01 0.74 $ 37.18 $ 77,340
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 50 0.03 1.48 $ 36.26 $ 75,420
Columbus, OH 70 0.07 3.89 $ 34.07 $ 70,860


About May 2020 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021