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What Does it Take to Be a Social Scientist?

Job Description & Duties All social scientists and related workers not listed separately.

Types of Social Scientist Jobs

  • Intelligence Specialist
  • Human Factors Scientist
  • Psychometrist
  • Ethnologist
  • Paleologist

Is There Job Demand for Social Scientists?

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 42,100 jobs in the United States for Social Scientist. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 6.7% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 2,800 new jobs for Social Scientist by 2026. There will be an estimated 4,200 positions for Social Scientist per year.


The states with the most job growth for Social Scientist are Utah, Vermont, and Nevada. Watch out if you plan on working in Wyoming, South Dakota, or South Carolina. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Social Scientist Average Salary

The salary for Social Scientists ranges between about $50,610 and $126,060 a year.


Social Scientists who work in Virginia, Maryland, or District of Columbia, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Social Scientists in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $84,890
Alaska $74,550
Arizona $83,830
Arkansas $71,970
California $78,970
Colorado $81,380
Connecticut $77,930
Delaware $67,990
District of Columbia $102,300
Florida $78,510
Georgia $86,810
Hawaii $94,440
Idaho $57,570
Illinois $78,140
Indiana $82,010
Kansas $83,440
Kentucky $71,870
Louisiana $72,880
Maine $74,750
Maryland $98,920
Massachusetts $80,210
Michigan $75,380
Minnesota $94,380
Mississippi $70,590
Missouri $70,180
Montana $70,380
Nevada $79,120
New Hampshire $91,030
New Jersey $88,350
New Mexico $79,880
New York $84,940
North Carolina $73,420
North Dakota $68,190
Ohio $77,450
Oklahoma $74,190
Oregon $76,420
Pennsylvania $83,400
South Carolina $74,050
South Dakota $68,980
Tennessee $61,800
Texas $80,430
Utah $67,320
Vermont $81,360
Virginia $110,090
Washington $77,850
West Virginia $73,480
Wisconsin $73,870
Wyoming $67,870

Who Employs Social Scientists?


The table below shows some of the most common industries where those employed in this career field work.



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