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Social Scientists in California

Is California a good place for you to work as a Social Scientist?

10.9% Jobs Projection
$77,750 Median Salary
580 Job Openings

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.

Social Scientists in CA Employment Trend

The typical state has 280 Social Scientists working in it, which means California has more Social Scientists than average.

Social Scientists in CA vs. the Average State

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%.

Job Projections for Social Scientists: Nation vs. CA

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.

Social Scientists Earnings: CA vs. National Average

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
Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA 440 $76,950
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 200 $80,420
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 70 $57,080
Fresno, CA 60 $76,750
Yuba City, CA 60 $79,410
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 50 $85,810
Salinas, CA 30 $115,150

Top States for Social Scientists Employment

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

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
California 4,950 $77,750
Virginia 4,050 $109,900
District of Columbia 2,690 $100,190
New York 2,410 $82,460
Maryland 2,090 $103,440
Georgia 2,060 $83,160
Texas 1,970 $79,590
Ohio 1,660 $75,540
Florida 1,540 $73,820
North Carolina 1,130 $68,150
Washington 760 $73,020
Colorado 740 $76,310
Illinois 650 $76,160
Tennessee 590 $61,230
Pennsylvania 550 $79,460
Arizona 470 $83,740
Minnesota 460 $81,100
New Jersey 460 $84,080
Oregon 450 $73,860
Massachusetts 430 $80,030

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

State Annual Median Salary
Virginia $109,900
Maryland $103,440
District of Columbia $100,190
Hawaii $96,630
New Jersey $84,080
Arizona $83,740
Georgia $83,160
New York $82,460
Minnesota $81,100
Massachusetts $80,030

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Occupation CA Employment Total
Anthropologists and Archeologists 1,420
Historians 250
Political Scientists 160
Geographers 120


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