Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
26,830 4.2 % $19.92 $41,430 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.77 $12.58 $18.42 $24.67 $32.58
Annual Wage (2) $18,250 $26,170 $38,310 $51,320 $67,780


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)
Scientific Research and Development Services 9,690 1.53 $21.47 $44,660
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 9,450 0.32 $20.74 $43,130
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 2,970 0.48 $9.25 $19,240
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,240 0.11 $21.12 $43,930
Local Government (OES Designation) 820 0.01 $21.94 $45,640

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 9,690 1.53 $21.47 $44,660
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 2,970 0.48 $9.25 $19,240
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 9,450 0.32 $20.74 $43,130
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 210 0.15 $19.80 $41,180
Social Advocacy Organizations 290 0.14 $20.02 $41,650

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Grantmaking and Giving Services (8) (8) $25.22 $52,460
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 470 0.01 $23.86 $49,620
State Government (OES Designation) 400 0.02 $23.62 $49,130
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 210 0.05 $22.52 $46,840
Management of Companies and Enterprises 130 0.01 $22.33 $46,440


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 6,990 0.81 4.00 $15.07 $31,340
California 2,490 0.17 0.84 $23.59 $49,070
District of Columbia 2,160 3.24 16.02 $24.08 $50,090
Massachusetts 1,870 0.57 2.84 $25.31 $52,640
Michigan 1,490 0.37 1.84 $15.78 $32,830




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 2,160 3.24 16.02 $24.08 $50,090
New York 6,990 0.81 4.00 $15.07 $31,340
Massachusetts 1,870 0.57 2.84 $25.31 $52,640
Indiana 1,350 0.47 2.33 $21.87 $45,490
Maine 230 0.39 1.94 $19.26 $40,070




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rhode Island 50 0.11 0.53 $26.99 $56,140
Illinois 280 0.05 0.25 $25.38 $52,790
Massachusetts 1,870 0.57 2.84 $25.31 $52,640
Minnesota 80 0.03 0.15 $25.14 $52,290
Maryland 690 0.27 1.34 $25.02 $52,050





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)
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 2,900 2.35 11.60 $10.01 $20,810
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,730 1.15 5.70 $25.47 $52,970
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,360 0.45 2.22 $21.65 $45,030
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,660 0.95 4.69 $25.68 $53,420
Ann Arbor, MI 1,280 6.29 31.10 $15.29 $31,810
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 1,140 2.67 13.21 $16.47 $34,260
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 740 2.68 13.26 $21.61 $44,940
Bloomington, IN 670 9.20 45.46 $21.64 $45,020
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 510 0.28 1.38 $20.12 $41,850
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 500 0.13 0.62 $23.51 $48,890




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 670 9.20 45.46 $21.64 $45,020
Ann Arbor, MI 1,280 6.29 31.10 $15.29 $31,810
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 740 2.68 13.26 $21.61 $44,940
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 1,140 2.67 13.21 $16.47 $34,260
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 2,900 2.35 11.60 $10.01 $20,810
Eugene-Springfield, OR 190 1.38 6.80 $20.52 $42,680
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,730 1.15 5.70 $25.47 $52,970
Charlottesville, VA 110 1.15 5.69 $18.56 $38,610
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,660 0.95 4.69 $25.68 $53,420
Syracuse, NY 230 0.76 3.78 $8.80 $18,300




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)
Worcester, MA-CT 30 0.13 0.64 $30.29 $62,990
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 330 0.23 1.12 $28.24 $58,750
New Haven, CT 40 0.13 0.64 $27.27 $56,710
Raleigh-Cary, NC 250 0.46 2.29 $26.45 $55,010
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $25.98 $54,050
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 270 0.07 0.35 $25.90 $53,870
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,660 0.95 4.69 $25.68 $53,420
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA 60 0.11 0.54 $25.59 $53,230
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,730 1.15 5.70 $25.47 $52,970
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN (8) (8) (8) $24.94 $51,880

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 110 0.57 2.81 $19.41 $40,380

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)
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 110 0.57 2.81 $19.41 $40,380

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 110 0.57 2.81 $19.41 $40,380
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $13.36 $27,790


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014

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