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Political Scientists in Illinois

Is Illinois a good place for you to work as a Political Scientist?

12.5% Jobs Projection
$81,390 Median Salary
10 Job Openings

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

  • Projected employment for Political Scientists in Illinois is growing faster than average.

  • Political Scientists in Illinois earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Political Scientists Work in Illinois?

50 people worked as Political Scientists in 2018 in this state.

There were 50 Political Scientists employed in this state in 2017.

The amount of jobs between 2017 and 2018 is holding steady.


The typical state has 90 Political Scientists working in it, which means Illinois has fewer Political Scientists than average.


Job Projections for Illinois

Jobs for Political Scientists in this state are growing at a rate of 12.5% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 2.7%.


Illinois Annual Job Openings

The BLS is projecting 10 annual Political Scientists job openings in Illinois, and 90 total jobs in the year 2026.

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

What do Political Scientists Make in Illinois?

In 2018 wages for Political Scientists ranged from $51,760 to $105,490 with $81,390 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $24.89 to $50.72. The median hourly rate was $39.13.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $36.7 an hour.

The hourly rate grew by $2.43.

The median salary in Illinois is higher than the nationwide median salary.


Top Illinois 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
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 40 $83,060

Top States for Political Scientists Employment

View the list below to see 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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