Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

19-4061 Social Science Research Assistants

Assist social scientists in laboratory, survey, and other social science research. May help prepare findings for publication and assist in laboratory analysis, quality control, or data management. Excludes "Graduate Teaching Assistants" (25-1191).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
25,830 2.7 % $19.28 $40,090 2.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.28 $13.42 $17.90 $22.83 $29.24
Annual Wage (2) $21,370 $27,910 $37,230 $47,480 $60,810


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 11,860 0.42 $17.61 $36,630
Scientific Research and Development Services 8,920 1.45 $20.13 $41,870
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,060 0.02 $19.67 $40,900
Local Government (OES Designation) 960 0.02 $20.43 $42,490
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 730 0.07 $20.83 $43,330

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 8,920 1.45 $20.13 $41,870
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 11,860 0.42 $17.61 $36,630
Social Advocacy Organizations 350 0.18 $24.36 $50,670
Educational Support Services 140 0.10 $20.49 $42,630
Grantmaking and Giving Services 100 0.08 $18.81 $39,130

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Social Advocacy Organizations 350 0.18 $24.36 $50,670
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 120 0.03 $24.13 $50,200
State Government (OES Designation) 490 0.02 $21.53 $44,780
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 730 0.07 $20.83 $43,330
Educational Support Services 140 0.10 $20.49 $42,630


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 5,550 0.67 3.27 $17.49 $36,380
Arizona 2,550 1.08 5.30 $17.82 $37,060
Massachusetts 2,330 0.75 3.67 $25.20 $52,420
California 2,060 0.15 0.72 $20.29 $42,210
Michigan 1,650 0.44 2.16 $16.38 $34,060




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 1,520 2.38 11.70 $23.34 $48,560
Arizona 2,550 1.08 5.30 $17.82 $37,060
Massachusetts 2,330 0.75 3.67 $25.20 $52,420
New York 5,550 0.67 3.27 $17.49 $36,380
Maine 290 0.50 2.46 $21.48 $44,680




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland 700 0.28 1.39 $26.77 $55,680
Massachusetts 2,330 0.75 3.67 $25.20 $52,420
New Mexico 60 0.07 0.36 $24.87 $51,740
District of Columbia 1,520 2.38 11.70 $23.34 $48,560
Georgia 1,040 0.28 1.36 $23.30 $48,450

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,890 0.58 2.85 $18.47 $38,420
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 2,150 1.30 6.39 $25.52 $53,080
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,710 0.75 3.69 $23.46 $48,800
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,420 0.84 4.15 $16.47 $34,250
Durham, NC 750 2.80 13.76 $20.35 $42,330
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 730 1.72 8.48 $15.90 $33,070
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 520 0.14 0.66 $20.70 $43,050
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 420 0.19 0.94 (8) (8)
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 350 0.29 1.40 $21.90 $45,550
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 300 0.23 1.11 $18.01 $37,470




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Durham, NC 750 2.80 13.76 $20.35 $42,330
Eugene-Springfield, OR 280 2.07 10.20 $19.20 $39,940
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 730 1.72 8.48 $15.90 $33,070
Olympia, WA 160 1.69 8.29 $23.30 $48,450
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 2,150 1.30 6.39 $25.52 $53,080
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,420 0.84 4.15 $16.47 $34,250
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,710 0.75 3.69 $23.46 $48,800
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,890 0.58 2.85 $18.47 $38,420
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 70 0.55 2.69 $12.83 $26,690
Austin-Round Rock, TX 270 0.35 1.73 $19.96 $41,510




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $27.80 $57,820
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 2,150 1.30 6.39 $25.52 $53,080
Baltimore-Towson, MD 180 0.14 0.70 $25.48 $52,990
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA (8) (8) (8) $25.25 $52,510
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $24.48 $50,920
Orlando-Kissimmee, FL 60 0.06 0.31 $24.28 $50,500
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 130 0.14 0.70 $23.82 $49,540
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,710 0.75 3.69 $23.46 $48,800
Olympia, WA 160 1.69 8.29 $23.30 $48,450
New Haven, CT (8) (8) (8) $23.20 $48,250

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 100 0.55 2.68 $19.55 $40,670
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 80 1.40 6.90 $18.30 $38,060

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 80 1.40 6.90 $18.30 $38,060
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 100 0.55 2.68 $19.55 $40,670

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 100 0.55 2.68 $19.55 $40,670
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 80 1.40 6.90 $18.30 $38,060


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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