Social Scientists in California
Is California a good place for you to work as a Social Scientist?
You’re in luck! Jobs for Social Scientists in California are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.
Projected employment for Social Scientists in California is growing faster than average.
Social Scientists in California earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.
How Many Social Scientists Work in California?
In 2018, there were 4,950 Social Scientists working in the state.
There were 4,330 Social Scientists employed in this state in 2017.
That’s growth of 620 jobs between 2017 and 2018.
The typical state has 280 Social Scientists working in it, which means California has more Social Scientists than average.
Job Projections for California
Jobs for Social Scientists in this state are growing at a rate of 10.9% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 6.7%.
California Annual Job Openings
The BLS estimates there will be 580 annual job openings, and 6,100 total jobs in 2026 for Social Scientists in this state.
Nationwide, the prediction is 4,200 annual jobs and 44,900 total jobs in 2026.
What do Social Scientists Make in California?
In 2018 wages for Social Scientists ranged from $43,820 to $115,880 with $77,750 being the median annual salary.
Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $21.07 to $55.71. The median hourly rate was $37.38.
In 2017 the median pay for this field was $34.33 an hour.
The hourly rate grew by $3.05.
The median salary in California is higher than the nationwide median salary.
Top California Metros for Social Scientists
The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Social Scientists.
|Metro||Number Employed||Annual Median Salary|
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA||2,160||$73,920|
|San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA||930||$77,520|
|San Diego-Carlsbad, CA||460||$80,430|
|Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA||200||$80,420|
|Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA||70||$57,080|
|Yuba City, CA||60||$79,410|
|Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA||50||$85,810|
Top States for Social Scientists Employment
The table below shows the states where most Social Scientists work.
|State||Number Employed||Annual Median Salary|
|District of Columbia||2,690||$100,190|
Below are the states where Social Scientists get paid the most:
|State||Annual Median Salary|
|District of Columbia||$100,190|
Related Careers in CA
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|Occupation||CA Employment Total|
|Anthropologists and Archeologists||1,420|
- Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
- College Factual
- National Center for Education Statistics
- O*NET Online
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