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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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 Social Science Research Assistants
Industry profile for Social Science Research Assistants
Geographic profile for Social Science Research Assistants

National estimates for Social Science Research Assistants:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Social Science Research Assistants:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
28,690 1.9 % $ 27.13 $ 56,430 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for Social Science Research Assistants:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 15.02 $ 21.54 $ 23.90 $ 29.80 $ 38.05
Annual Wage (2) $ 31,240 $ 44,800 $ 49,720 $ 61,970 $ 79,140


Industry profile for Social Science Research Assistants:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Social Science Research Assistants:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 15,250 0.51 $ 26.58 $ 55,280
Scientific Research and Development Services 8,130 1.02 $ 28.70 $ 59,700
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 1,200 0.02 $ 24.58 $ 51,120
Social Advocacy Organizations 600 0.27 $ 26.17 $ 54,430
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 410 0.02 $ 27.52 $ 57,250

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Social Science Research Assistants:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 8,130 1.02 $ 28.70 $ 59,700
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 15,250 0.51 $ 26.58 $ 55,280
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 70 0.33 $ 28.89 $ 60,100
Social Advocacy Organizations 600 0.27 $ 26.17 $ 54,430
Grantmaking and Giving Services 180 0.13 $ 25.07 $ 52,150

Top paying industries for Social Science Research Assistants:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises (8) (8) $ 42.00 $ 87,360
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 270 0.07 $ 31.81 $ 66,160
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 70 0.33 $ 28.89 $ 60,100
Scientific Research and Development Services 8,130 1.02 $ 28.70 $ 59,700
Employment Services 200 0.01 $ 28.42 $ 59,110


Geographic profile for Social Science Research Assistants:

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



Map of employment of social science research assistants by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Social Science Research Assistants:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 5,740 0.35 1.71 $ 28.43 $ 59,140
New York 2,860 0.33 1.62 $ 27.08 $ 56,330
North Carolina 2,630 0.60 2.92 $ 25.66 $ 53,360
District of Columbia 2,290 3.46 17.01 $ 32.08 $ 66,720
Massachusetts 1,550 0.46 2.24 $ 32.60 $ 67,810


Map of location quotient of social science research assistants by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Social Science Research Assistants:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 2,290 3.46 17.01 $ 32.08 $ 66,720
North Carolina 2,630 0.60 2.92 $ 25.66 $ 53,360
Massachusetts 1,550 0.46 2.24 $ 32.60 $ 67,810
Arizona 1,230 0.43 2.10 $ 26.06 $ 54,200
Georgia 1,540 0.35 1.73 $ 34.91 $ 72,610


Map of annual mean wages of social science research assistants by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Social Science Research Assistants:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Georgia 1,540 0.35 1.73 $ 34.91 $ 72,610
Massachusetts 1,550 0.46 2.24 $ 32.60 $ 67,810
District of Columbia 2,290 3.46 17.01 $ 32.08 $ 66,720
Delaware 50 0.12 0.59 $ 31.03 $ 64,550
Wisconsin 80 0.03 0.14 $ 29.81 $ 62,010



Map of employment of social science research assistants by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Social Science Research Assistants:

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 2,930 1.00 4.90 $ 31.12 $ 64,740
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 2,250 0.26 1.27 $ 28.68 $ 59,660
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,540 1.11 5.43 $ 27.45 $ 57,100
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,530 0.27 1.31 $ 28.32 $ 58,910
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,260 0.49 2.40 $ 32.50 $ 67,590
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 870 0.39 1.90 $ 32.12 $ 66,800
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 850 0.86 4.24 $ 27.86 $ 57,940
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 670 0.66 3.25 $ 21.82 $ 45,380
Tucson, AZ 650 1.79 8.77 $ 27.26 $ 56,690
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 650 0.25 1.23 $ 42.66 $ 88,730


Map of location quotient of social science research assistants by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Social Science Research Assistants:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Athens-Clarke County, GA 610 7.15 35.10 $ 26.98 $ 56,130
Columbia, MO 300 3.25 15.96 $ 25.96 $ 53,990
Tucson, AZ 650 1.79 8.77 $ 27.26 $ 56,690
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 160 1.69 8.31 $ 27.96 $ 58,150
Greenville, NC 110 1.49 7.30 $ 19.58 $ 40,720
Charlottesville, VA 150 1.38 6.79 $ 20.47 $ 42,590
College Station-Bryan, TX 150 1.31 6.43 $ 16.21 $ 33,710
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,540 1.11 5.43 $ 27.45 $ 57,100
Lincoln, NE 180 1.03 5.06 $ 23.98 $ 49,880
Ann Arbor, MI 210 1.03 5.06 $ 19.13 $ 39,790


Map of annual mean wages of social science research assistants by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Social Science Research Assistants:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 650 0.25 1.23 $ 42.66 $ 88,730
Columbia, SC 40 0.10 0.48 $ 37.39 $ 77,760
Springfield, MA-CT 190 0.60 2.96 $ 33.93 $ 70,570
Worcester, MA-CT 60 0.21 1.04 $ 33.74 $ 70,180
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,260 0.49 2.40 $ 32.50 $ 67,590
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 870 0.39 1.90 $ 32.12 $ 66,800
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 2,930 1.00 4.90 $ 31.12 $ 64,740
Madison, WI 40 0.10 0.51 $ 30.65 $ 63,750
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 2,250 0.26 1.27 $ 28.68 $ 59,660
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 270 0.19 0.92 $ 28.32 $ 58,910

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Social Science Research Assistants:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 60 0.34 1.65 (8) (8)
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 50 0.29 1.41 $ 22.87 $ 47,560
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 1.11 $ 15.80 $ 32,870

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Social Science Research Assistants:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 60 0.34 1.65 (8) (8)
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 50 0.29 1.41 $ 22.87 $ 47,560
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 1.11 $ 15.80 $ 32,870

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Social Science Research Assistants:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 50 0.29 1.41 $ 22.87 $ 47,560
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 1.11 $ 15.80 $ 32,870


About May 2021 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022