Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
30,030 3.3 % $22.51 $46,820 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.62 $15.60 $20.76 $27.49 $36.01
Annual Wage (2) $22,090 $32,450 $43,190 $57,180 $74,900


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 10,990 1.63 $23.97 $49,860
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 10,350 0.34 $20.68 $43,010
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,800 0.03 $22.81 $47,440
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 1,450 0.21 $17.80 $37,030
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,310 0.10 $23.90 $49,710

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 10,990 1.63 $23.97 $49,860
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 10,350 0.34 $20.68 $43,010
Social Advocacy Organizations 570 0.28 $25.60 $53,240
Grantmaking and Giving Services 390 0.28 $21.08 $43,860
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 1,450 0.21 $17.80 $37,030

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 170 0.07 $31.72 $65,980
Management of Companies and Enterprises (8) (8) $31.63 $65,790
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 100 0.04 $30.76 $63,970
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 420 0.10 $27.45 $57,110
Outpatient Care Centers (8) (8) $26.24 $54,580


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 6,340 0.70 3.26 $22.02 $45,810
District of Columbia 3,620 5.16 24.12 $23.38 $48,620
California 2,810 0.18 0.82 $26.16 $54,410
Arizona 1,810 0.68 3.19 $24.23 $50,400
Texas 1,400 0.12 0.56 $20.25 $42,110




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 3,620 5.16 24.12 $23.38 $48,620
New York 6,340 0.70 3.26 $22.02 $45,810
Arizona 1,810 0.68 3.19 $24.23 $50,400
West Virginia 420 0.60 2.79 $21.46 $44,630
Indiana 1,180 0.39 1.84 $20.49 $42,610




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 1,240 0.36 1.68 $28.38 $59,040
New Jersey 250 0.06 0.29 $26.84 $55,820
California 2,810 0.18 0.82 $26.16 $54,410
Delaware 30 0.07 0.32 $25.48 $53,000
Virginia 900 0.24 1.12 $25.19 $52,400





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 4,180 1.68 7.85 $24.12 $50,170
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,270 0.50 2.32 $25.92 $53,910
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,080 0.25 1.19 $24.73 $51,440
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,060 0.59 2.74 $29.09 $60,510
Tucson, AZ 840 2.35 10.97 $21.57 $44,860
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 830 2.85 13.31 $19.75 $41,090
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 710 0.55 2.59 $16.90 $35,140
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 590 0.16 0.76 $20.05 $41,700
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 570 0.53 2.49 $27.71 $57,640
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 570 0.64 2.98 $20.75 $43,160




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 3.25 15.20 $24.22 $50,370
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 830 2.85 13.31 $19.75 $41,090
Tucson, AZ 840 2.35 10.97 $21.57 $44,860
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,180 1.68 7.85 $24.12 $50,170
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 280 1.32 6.18 $20.12 $41,840
Lincoln, NE 220 1.23 5.77 $22.60 $47,020
Athens-Clarke County, GA 90 1.05 4.91 $23.05 $47,950
Charleston, WV 90 0.80 3.75 $21.48 $44,680
Ann Arbor, MI 170 0.80 3.75 $17.32 $36,020
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 570 0.64 2.98 $20.75 $43,160




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)
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 150 0.11 0.51 $34.24 $71,210
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 240 0.22 1.01 $31.40 $65,310
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 40 0.09 0.41 $30.72 $63,900
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,060 0.59 2.74 $29.09 $60,510
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 90 0.07 0.35 $29.01 $60,330
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 570 0.53 2.49 $27.71 $57,640
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 210 0.13 0.63 $27.70 $57,610
Oklahoma City, OK 30 0.05 0.25 $26.54 $55,200
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,270 0.50 2.32 $25.92 $53,910
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 40 0.03 0.15 $24.92 $51,840

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)
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 110 0.52 2.43 $20.17 $41,950
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 70 0.38 1.78 $20.13 $41,860

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)
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 110 0.52 2.43 $20.17 $41,950
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 70 0.38 1.78 $20.13 $41,860

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)
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 110 0.52 2.43 $20.17 $41,950
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 70 0.38 1.78 $20.13 $41,860


About May 2016 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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017