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Political Scientists in District of Columbia

Is District of Columbia a good place for you to work as a Political Scientist?

4.0% Jobs Projection
$123,130 Median Salary
170 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Political Scientists in District of Columbia are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Political Scientists in District of Columbia is growing slower than average.

  • Political Scientists in District of Columbia earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Political Scientists Work in District of Columbia?

In 2018, there were 3,220 Political Scientists working in the state.

There were 3,670 Political Scientists employed in this state in 2017.

That’s a decline of 450 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


The typical state has 90 Political Scientists working in it, which means District of Columbia has more Political Scientists than average.


Job Projections for District of Columbia

Jobs for Political Scientists in this state are growing at a rate of 4.0% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 2.7%.


District of Columbia Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates 170 annual job openings, and a total of 1,820 jobs for District of Columbia Political Scientists in 2026.

Nationwide, the prediction is 700 annual jobs and 7,500 total jobs in 2026.

What do Political Scientists Make in District of Columbia?

In 2018 wages for Political Scientists ranged from $73,100 to $164,200 with $123,130 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $35.14 to $78.94. The median hourly rate was $59.2.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $59.17 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate grew by $0.03.

The median salary in District of Columbia is higher than the nationwide median salary.


Top District of Columbia Metros for Political Scientists

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Political Scientists.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 4,250 $126,060

Top States for Political Scientists Employment

The table below shows the states where most Political Scientists work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
District of Columbia 3,220 $123,130
Virginia 1,030 $141,340
Texas 220 $88,070
California 160 $63,970
Washington 110 $76,660
Pennsylvania 100 $89,170
Maryland 90 $129,870
New York 90 $124,620
Michigan 60 $76,560
Massachusetts 50 $82,110
Illinois 50 $81,390
Florida 40 $88,470
Maine 40 $67,760

Below are the states where Political Scientists get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
Virginia $141,340
Maryland $129,870
New York $124,620
District of Columbia $123,130
Pennsylvania $89,170
Florida $88,470
Texas $88,070
Massachusetts $82,110
Illinois $81,390
Washington $76,660

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