Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

19-3094 Political Scientists

Study the origin, development, and operation of political systems. May study topics, such as public opinion, political decision-making, and ideology. May analyze the structure and operation of governments, as well as various political entities. May conduct public opinion surveys, analyze election results, or analyze public documents. Excludes "Survey Researchers" (19-3022).


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)
6,320 7.0 % $53.86 $112,030 2.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $26.99 $39.60 $55.34 $70.01 $77.83
Annual Wage (2) $56,150 $82,370 $115,110 $145,620 $161,890


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)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,170 0.16 $59.14 $123,020
Scientific Research and Development Services 950 0.15 $58.12 $120,900
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 530 0.02 $33.79 $70,280
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 460 0.03 $49.65 $103,270
Social Advocacy Organizations 280 0.13 $40.28 $83,790

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,170 0.16 $59.14 $123,020
Scientific Research and Development Services 950 0.15 $58.12 $120,900
Social Advocacy Organizations 280 0.13 $40.28 $83,790
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 240 0.05 $51.31 $106,730
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 110 0.03 $50.92 $105,920

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,170 0.16 $59.14 $123,020
Scientific Research and Development Services 950 0.15 $58.12 $120,900
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 240 0.05 $51.31 $106,730
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 110 0.03 $50.92 $105,920
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 460 0.03 $49.65 $103,270


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)
District of Columbia 3,670 5.19 117.08 $56.85 $118,260
Virginia 930 0.25 5.54 $58.95 $122,610
Texas 320 0.03 0.61 $34.36 $71,460
Washington 110 0.03 0.76 $39.15 $81,430
New York 110 0.01 0.26 $55.74 $115,940




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 3,670 5.19 117.08 $56.85 $118,260
Virginia 930 0.25 5.54 $58.95 $122,610
Maine 50 0.08 1.82 $31.79 $66,130
Arizona 100 0.04 0.86 $49.28 $102,500
Washington 110 0.03 0.76 $39.15 $81,430




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland 80 0.03 0.67 $59.90 $124,590
Virginia 930 0.25 5.54 $58.95 $122,610
District of Columbia 3,670 5.19 117.08 $56.85 $118,260
New York 110 0.01 0.26 $55.74 $115,940
Arizona 100 0.04 0.86 $49.28 $102,500



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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 4,520 1.80 40.51 $57.34 $119,280
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 90 0.05 1.05 $50.70 $105,460
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 90 0.01 0.30 $58.70 $122,100
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 90 0.05 1.19 $37.76 $78,530
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 50 0.01 0.30 $37.45 $77,900
Portland-South Portland, ME 40 0.20 4.44 $33.61 $69,910
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 40 0.02 0.35 $28.42 $59,120
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 30 0.05 1.03 $58.01 $120,660
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 30 0.02 0.41 $49.58 $103,120


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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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,520 1.80 40.51 $57.34 $119,280
Portland-South Portland, ME 40 0.20 4.44 $33.61 $69,910
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 30 0.05 1.03 $58.01 $120,660
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 90 0.05 1.19 $37.76 $78,530
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 90 0.05 1.05 $50.70 $105,460
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 30 0.02 0.41 $49.58 $103,120
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 40 0.02 0.35 $28.42 $59,120
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 90 0.01 0.30 $58.70 $122,100
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 50 0.01 0.30 $37.45 $77,900


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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)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 90 0.01 0.30 $58.70 $122,100
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 30 0.05 1.03 $58.01 $120,660
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,520 1.80 40.51 $57.34 $119,280
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 90 0.05 1.05 $50.70 $105,460
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 30 0.02 0.41 $49.58 $103,120
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX (8) (8) (8) $40.09 $83,380
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 90 0.05 1.19 $37.76 $78,530
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 50 0.01 0.30 $37.45 $77,900
Portland-South Portland, ME 40 0.20 4.44 $33.61 $69,910
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 40 0.02 0.35 $28.42 $59,120


About May 2017 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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018