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Political Scientists in Virginia

Considering a career as a Political Scientist in Virginia?

3.2% Jobs Projection
$141,340 Median Salary
90 Job Openings

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

  • Projected employment for Political Scientists in Virginia is growing slower than average.

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

How Many Political Scientists Work in Virginia?

In Virginia, there were 1,030 people working as Political Scientists in the year 2018.

There were 930 Political Scientists employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 100 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Political Scientists in VA Employment Trend

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

Political Scientists in VA vs. the Average State

Job Projections for Virginia

Jobs for Political Scientists in this state are growing at a rate of 3.2% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 2.7%.

Job Projections for Political Scientists: Nation vs. VA

Virginia Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates there will be 90 annual job openings, and 980 total jobs in 2026 for Political Scientists in this state.

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

What do Political Scientists Make in Virginia?

In 2018 wages for Political Scientists ranged from $58,120 to $166,750 with $141,340 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $27.94 to $80.17. The median hourly rate was $67.95.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $66.42 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate grew by $1.53.

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

Political Scientists Earnings: VA vs. National Average

Top Virginia 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
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 50 $113,440

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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Occupation VA Employment Total
Social Scientists and Related Workers 4,050
Historians 150
Anthropologists and Archeologists 100


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