Information About Political Scientists

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Training

Political scientists need master's degree.

Degrees for Political scientists
Training for Political Scientists
Percent
Less than High School 0.2
High School 1.3
Some College 7.3
Associates Degree 3.7
Bachelors Degree 37.8
Masters Degree 34.3
Doctorate or Professional Degree 15.4

Employment

Represents about 4,000 people in the United States- 1.4% of which are self-employed

Employment prospects are up Over the next 5 years there will be aproximately 0 more political scientists but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 2,000 more.


Hourly Income

On average, political scientists make $50.50 per hour.

Hourly Income Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Political scientists $22.80 $32.20 $49.90 $65.70 $74.70
Life, physical, and social science occupations $15.00 $20.20 $28.50 $40.50 $54.60
National Average $8.65 $10.70 $16.50 $26.60 $41.00

Annual Salaries

On average, political scientists make $105,040 per year.

Annual Salary Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Political scientists $47,420 $67,090 $103,860 $136,760 $155,490
Life, physical, and social science occupations $31,310 $42,020 $59,330 $84,320 $113,620
National Average $18,000 $22,380 $34,460 $55,470 $85,280

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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