|Quick Facts: Political Scientists
$128,020 per year
$61.55 per hour
|7% (Faster than average)
Political scientists study the origin, development, and operation of political systems.
Political scientists typically work full time in an office. They sometimes work additional hours to finish reports and meet deadlines.
To enter the occupation, political scientists typically need at least a master’s degree in political science, public administration, or a related field.
The median annual wage for political scientists was $128,020 in May 2022.
Employment of political scientists is projected to grow 7 percent from 2022 to 2032, faster than the average for all occupations.
About 600 openings for political scientists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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