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Social Scientists in Washington

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

16.1% Jobs Projection
$73,020 Median Salary
110 Job Openings

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

  • Projected employment for Social Scientists in Washington is growing faster than average.

  • Social Scientists in Washington earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Social Scientists Work in Washington?

In Washington, there were 760 people working as Social Scientists in the year 2018.

There were 800 Social Scientists employed in this state in 2017.

That’s a decline of 40 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Social Scientists in WA Employment Trend

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

Social Scientists in WA vs. the Average State

Job Projections for Washington

Jobs for Social Scientists in this state are growing at a rate of 16.1% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 6.7%.

Job Projections for Social Scientists: Nation vs. WA

Washington Annual Job Openings

The BLS is projecting 110 annual Social Scientists job openings in Washington, and 1,080 total jobs in the year 2026.

Nationwide, the prediction is 4,200 annual jobs and 44,900 total jobs in 2026.

What do Social Scientists Make in Washington?

In 2018 wages for Social Scientists ranged from $52,000 to $110,550 with $73,020 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $25 to $53.15. The median hourly rate was $35.1.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $33.59 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate grew by $1.51.

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

Social Scientists Earnings: WA vs. National Average

Top Washington 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
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 580 $71,330
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 260 $76,970
Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA 60 $67,340

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

You may also be interested in the following careers:

Occupation WA Employment Total
Anthropologists and Archeologists 190
Political Scientists 110
Geographers 40
Historians 30


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