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Occupational Employment Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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 “Teaching Assistants, Postsecondary” (25-9044).


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)
35,580 5.8 % $24.68 $51,340 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.55 $17.71 $22.84 $29.35 $37.88
Annual Wage (2) $28,190 $36,840 $47,510 $61,050 $78,800


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 14,200 2.01 $25.76 $53,580
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 11,770 0.38 $22.72 $47,260
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 2,250 0.04 $23.37 $48,620
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,370 0.02 $22.20 $46,180
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,260 0.08 $29.98 $62,350

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 14,200 2.01 $25.76 $53,580
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 11,770 0.38 $22.72 $47,260
Social Advocacy Organizations 670 0.30 $30.15 $62,700
Grantmaking and Giving Services 440 0.30 $26.76 $55,670
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 460 0.11 $29.90 $62,200

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Business Schools and Computer and Management Training 30 0.05 $35.20 $73,210
Social Advocacy Organizations 670 0.30 $30.15 $62,700
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,260 0.08 $29.98 $62,350
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 460 0.11 $29.90 $62,200
Management of Companies and Enterprises 140 0.01 $29.28 $60,910


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 6,170 0.65 2.67 $25.12 $52,250
District of Columbia 3,650 5.04 20.81 $31.94 $66,430
California 2,470 0.14 0.59 $27.02 $56,210
Georgia 2,240 0.50 2.07 $25.45 $52,930
North Carolina 2,220 0.50 2.06 $23.21 $48,280




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 3,650 5.04 20.81 $31.94 $66,430
New York 6,170 0.65 2.67 $25.12 $52,250
Massachusetts 2,080 0.57 2.37 $25.92 $53,920
Arizona 1,610 0.56 2.32 $23.65 $49,190
North Carolina 2,220 0.50 2.06 $23.21 $48,280




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 3,650 5.04 20.81 $31.94 $66,430
Rhode Island 40 0.08 0.32 $29.36 $61,070
South Carolina 100 0.05 0.19 $28.77 $59,830
Colorado 200 0.08 0.31 $27.56 $57,320
Maryland 910 0.34 1.40 $27.47 $57,150





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 4,820 1.52 6.26 $30.37 $63,160
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 3,870 0.40 1.65 $28.03 $58,310
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,820 0.65 2.69 $25.72 $53,490
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 1,510 4.79 19.77 (8) (8)
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,130 0.41 1.70 $25.96 $53,990
Tucson, AZ 920 2.44 10.07 $24.03 $49,980
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 650 0.10 0.43 $26.26 $54,620
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 640 0.30 1.24 $23.23 $48,320
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 600 0.13 0.53 $27.11 $56,400
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 520 0.14 0.58 (8) (8)




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)
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 1,510 4.79 19.77 (8) (8)
Columbia, MO 330 3.51 14.50 $24.12 $50,180
Tucson, AZ 920 2.44 10.07 $24.03 $49,980
Ann Arbor, MI 440 1.97 8.13 (8) (8)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 4,820 1.52 6.26 $30.37 $63,160
State College, PA 90 1.32 5.47 (8) (8)
Champaign-Urbana, IL 130 1.30 5.35 $25.26 $52,550
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 290 1.28 5.28 $20.42 $42,470
College Station-Bryan, TX 100 0.92 3.81 $14.06 $29,240
Lincoln, NE 130 0.74 3.05 $22.61 $47,040




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)
Charleston-North Charleston, SC 40 0.12 0.51 $35.58 $74,000
Boulder, CO (8) (8) (8) $30.76 $63,970
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 4,820 1.52 6.26 $30.37 $63,160
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 50 0.08 0.35 $29.10 $60,520
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 40 0.02 0.09 $28.80 $59,910
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (8) (8) (8) $28.70 $59,690
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA (8) (8) (8) $28.39 $59,060
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 3,870 0.40 1.65 $28.03 $58,310
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA (8) (8) (8) $27.75 $57,730
Springfield, MA-CT 40 0.13 0.52 $27.66 $57,520

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 New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 0.89 (8) (8)
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 1.05 $18.11 $37,670
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 0.92 (8) (8)
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 30 0.43 1.76 $20.16 $41,920

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)
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 30 0.43 1.76 $20.16 $41,920
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 1.05 $18.11 $37,670
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 0.89 (8) (8)
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 0.92 (8) (8)

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)
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $24.65 $51,270
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 30 0.43 1.76 $20.16 $41,920
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 1.05 $18.11 $37,670
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $16.77 $34,890


About May 2019 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 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: July 6, 2020