Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
5,640 4.9 % $50.00 $104,000 3.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $25.07 $36.35 $50.44 $66.10 $74.02
Annual Wage (2) $52,150 $75,610 $104,920 $137,500 $153,960


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) 3,180 0.16 $56.44 $117,390
Scientific Research and Development Services 720 0.11 $50.11 $104,220
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 460 0.02 $31.27 $65,040
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 450 0.04 $48.07 $99,990
Local Government (OES Designation) 220 0.00 $33.02 $68,690

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) 3,180 0.16 $56.44 $117,390
Scientific Research and Development Services 720 0.11 $50.11 $104,220
Social Advocacy Organizations 190 0.09 $36.77 $76,480
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 450 0.04 $48.07 $99,990
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 180 0.03 $41.31 $85,930

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) 3,180 0.16 $56.44 $117,390
Scientific Research and Development Services 720 0.11 $50.11 $104,220
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 450 0.04 $48.07 $99,990
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services (8) (8) $42.45 $88,310
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 180 0.03 $41.31 $85,930


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 3,250 4.82 115.48 $53.57 $111,420
Virginia 910 0.25 5.95 $56.77 $118,080
California 330 0.02 0.53 $34.15 $71,030
Texas 270 0.02 0.57 $33.88 $70,460
Maryland 130 0.05 1.22 $49.44 $102,830




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 3,250 4.82 115.48 $53.57 $111,420
Virginia 910 0.25 5.95 $56.77 $118,080
Maine 60 0.09 2.28 $34.44 $71,630
Maryland 130 0.05 1.22 $49.44 $102,830
Washington 100 0.03 0.79 $34.53 $71,820




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Virginia 910 0.25 5.95 $56.77 $118,080
New York 90 0.01 0.23 $54.64 $113,660
District of Columbia 3,250 4.82 115.48 $53.57 $111,420
Maryland 130 0.05 1.22 $49.44 $102,830
Michigan 60 0.01 0.33 $43.99 $91,500





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 4,050 1.70 40.78 $54.27 $112,870
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 80 0.05 1.31 $34.81 $72,410
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 70 0.01 0.32 $59.10 $122,940
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 40 0.04 0.94 $34.65 $72,060
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 40 0.04 0.99 $36.17 $75,230
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 40 0.02 0.47 $45.54 $94,730
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 30 0.16 3.74 $53.70 $111,690




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 4,050 1.70 40.78 $54.27 $112,870
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 30 0.16 3.74 $53.70 $111,690
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 80 0.05 1.31 $34.81 $72,410
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 40 0.04 0.94 $34.65 $72,060
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 40 0.04 0.99 $36.17 $75,230
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 40 0.02 0.47 $45.54 $94,730
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 70 0.01 0.32 $59.10 $122,940




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 70 0.01 0.32 $59.10 $122,940
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC (8) (8) (8) $57.23 $119,040
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,050 1.70 40.78 $54.27 $112,870
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 30 0.16 3.74 $53.70 $111,690
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 40 0.02 0.47 $45.54 $94,730
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $40.86 $84,990
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $38.65 $80,390
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 40 0.04 0.99 $36.17 $75,230
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 80 0.05 1.31 $34.81 $72,410
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 40 0.04 0.94 $34.65 $72,060


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015