Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

19-3094 Political Scientists

Study the origin, development, and operation of political systems. May study topics, such as public opinion, political decision-making, and ideology. May analyze the structure and operation of governments, as well as various political entities. May conduct public opinion surveys, analyze election results, or analyze public documents. Excludes "Survey Researchers" (19-3022).


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)
5,750 4.5 % $50.29 $104,600 2.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $23.70 $33.62 $49.04 $65.45 $74.75
Annual Wage (2) $49,290 $69,930 $102,000 $136,140 $155,490


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)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,080 0.15 $54.96 $114,320
Scientific Research and Development Services 810 0.13 $51.61 $107,340
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 580 0.05 $51.37 $106,860
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 530 0.02 $33.20 $69,060
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 200 0.05 $52.12 $108,410

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,080 0.15 $54.96 $114,320
Scientific Research and Development Services 810 0.13 $51.61 $107,340
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 200 0.05 $52.12 $108,410
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 580 0.05 $51.37 $106,860
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 530 0.02 $33.20 $69,060

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,080 0.15 $54.96 $114,320
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 200 0.05 $52.12 $108,410
Scientific Research and Development Services 810 0.13 $51.61 $107,340
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 580 0.05 $51.37 $106,860
Local Government (OES Designation) 110 (7) $35.18 $73,180


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)
District of Columbia 3,490 5.33 120.82 $54.22 $112,780
Virginia 630 0.17 3.94 $53.83 $111,970
California 340 0.02 0.54 $43.91 $91,340
Texas 290 0.03 0.62 $35.27 $73,360
Maryland 110 0.04 1.00 $53.21 $110,680




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 3,490 5.33 120.82 $54.22 $112,780
Virginia 630 0.17 3.94 $53.83 $111,970
Maine 90 0.16 3.60 $34.11 $70,950
Washington 100 0.04 0.83 $33.91 $70,530
Maryland 110 0.04 1.00 $53.21 $110,680




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 3,490 5.33 120.82 $54.22 $112,780
Virginia 630 0.17 3.94 $53.83 $111,970
Maryland 110 0.04 1.00 $53.21 $110,680
New York 50 0.01 0.13 $52.21 $108,590
California 340 0.02 0.54 $43.91 $91,340





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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,090 1.75 39.54 $54.04 $112,410
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 80 0.06 1.25 $33.80 $70,300
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 50 0.05 1.07 $43.90 $91,300
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 40 0.01 0.16 $60.78 $126,430




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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,090 1.75 39.54 $54.04 $112,410
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 80 0.06 1.25 $33.80 $70,300
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 50 0.05 1.07 $43.90 $91,300
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 40 0.01 0.16 $60.78 $126,430




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)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 40 0.01 0.16 $60.78 $126,430
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC (8) (8) (8) $56.89 $118,340
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,090 1.75 39.54 $54.04 $112,410
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA (8) (8) (8) $47.35 $98,490
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 50 0.05 1.07 $43.90 $91,300
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 80 0.06 1.25 $33.80 $70,300


About May 2012 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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