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$97,200 Median Salary
100 Job Openings
  • Sociologists in California earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Sociologists Work in California?

There were approximately 1,070 workers employed as Sociologists in this state in 2018.

There were 990 Sociologists employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 80 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


The typical state has 75 Sociologists working in it, which means California has more Sociologists than average.


Job Projections for California

Jobs for Sociologists in this state are not growing or decreasing, which is similar to nationwide of 0.0% growth.


California Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates 100 annual job openings, and a total of 1,200 jobs for California Sociologists in 2026.

Nationwide, the prediction is 300 annual jobs and 3,500 total jobs in 2026.

What do Sociologists Make in California?

In 2018 wages for Sociologists ranged from $51,510 to $145,210 with $97,200 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $24.77 to $69.81. The median hourly rate was $46.73.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $45.31 an hour.

The hourly rate grew by $1.42.

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


Top California Metros for Sociologists

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Sociologists.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 350 $90,800
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 330 $100,870
Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA 110 $90,740
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 40 $103,340

Top States for Sociologists Employment

View the list below to see where most Sociologists work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
California 1,070 $97,200
Illinois 350 $75,290
New York 190 $62,680
Massachusetts 120 $95,780
Michigan 110 $77,170
Ohio 90 $64,940
Washington 80 $75,670
North Carolina 70 $93,850
Utah 60 $71,400
Maryland 60 $52,510
Pennsylvania 60 $120,900
Florida 50 $78,840
New Jersey 40 $91,930
South Dakota 30 $38,390

Below are the states where Sociologists get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
Pennsylvania $120,900
California $97,200
Massachusetts $95,780
North Carolina $93,850
New Jersey $91,930
Florida $78,840
Michigan $77,170
Wisconsin $75,860
Washington $75,670
Illinois $75,290

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