Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
26,370 3.9 % $19.60 $40,760 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.90 $13.15 $17.86 $23.63 $30.90
Annual Wage (2) $20,600 $27,360 $37,140 $49,140 $64,280


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 10,640 0.37 $19.48 $40,510
Scientific Research and Development Services 10,580 1.68 $20.33 $42,280
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 1,290 0.21 $9.74 $20,250
Local Government (OES Designation) 740 0.01 $21.39 $44,490
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 640 0.06 $20.62 $42,880

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 10,580 1.68 $20.33 $42,280
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 10,640 0.37 $19.48 $40,510
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 1,290 0.21 $9.74 $20,250
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 30 0.21 $23.50 $48,880
Social Advocacy Organizations 330 0.17 $22.73 $47,270

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Educational Support Services 100 0.07 $23.69 $49,270
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 30 0.21 $23.50 $48,880
Social Advocacy Organizations 330 0.17 $22.73 $47,270
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 330 0.01 $22.69 $47,190
State Government (OES Designation) 370 0.02 $22.04 $45,840


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 6,470 0.76 3.74 $16.13 $33,550
District of Columbia 2,420 3.70 18.29 $23.40 $48,660
California 2,300 0.16 0.80 $22.38 $46,550
Massachusetts 1,890 0.59 2.92 $24.12 $50,170
Michigan 1,450 0.37 1.83 $15.92 $33,110




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 2,420 3.70 18.29 $23.40 $48,660
New York 6,470 0.76 3.74 $16.13 $33,550
Massachusetts 1,890 0.59 2.92 $24.12 $50,170
Indiana 1,320 0.47 2.32 $21.78 $45,300
Maine 230 0.39 1.91 $18.83 $39,160




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 290 0.08 0.37 $31.76 $66,070
Rhode Island 60 0.14 0.70 $27.95 $58,140
Maryland 800 0.32 1.58 $26.62 $55,370
Minnesota 70 0.03 0.14 $25.26 $52,550
Massachusetts 1,890 0.59 2.92 $24.12 $50,170





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 2,830 1.21 5.96 $23.93 $49,780
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,810 0.55 2.70 $18.86 $39,240
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,880 1.54 7.60 $12.87 $26,770
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,710 1.00 4.92 $24.39 $50,730
Ann Arbor, MI 1,240 6.38 31.53 $15.46 $32,150
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 1,230 2.90 14.30 $15.92 $33,120
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 800 2.93 14.48 $21.75 $45,230
Bloomington, IN 710 9.51 46.99 (8) (8)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 610 0.16 0.77 $23.73 $49,350
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 410 0.73 3.60 $27.97 $58,180




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)
Bloomington, IN 710 9.51 46.99 (8) (8)
Ann Arbor, MI 1,240 6.38 31.53 $15.46 $32,150
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 800 2.93 14.48 $21.75 $45,230
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 1,230 2.90 14.30 $15.92 $33,120
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,880 1.54 7.60 $12.87 $26,770
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,830 1.21 5.96 $23.93 $49,780
Charlottesville, VA 110 1.14 5.62 $18.41 $38,280
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,710 1.00 4.92 $24.39 $50,730
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 410 0.73 3.60 $27.97 $58,180
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,810 0.55 2.70 $18.86 $39,240




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)
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 170 0.12 0.59 $33.09 $68,830
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 410 0.73 3.60 $27.97 $58,180
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 230 0.24 1.16 $27.23 $56,630
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA 80 0.15 0.72 $26.69 $55,510
New Haven, CT 30 0.13 0.62 $25.37 $52,770
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 60 0.03 0.17 $24.79 $51,570
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,710 1.00 4.92 $24.39 $50,730
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,830 1.21 5.96 $23.93 $49,780
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 610 0.16 0.77 $23.73 $49,350
Greensboro-High Point, NC 90 0.27 1.33 $23.44 $48,760


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.

(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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