Information About Political Scientists

Training Requirements for Political Scientists

Political scientists need master's degree.

Degrees for Political scientists
Training for Political Scientists
Percent
Less than High School 0.4
High School 3.0
Some College 7.6
Associates Degree 2.7
Bachelors Degree 36.1
Masters Degree 36.2
Doctorate or Professional Degree 14.1

Employment outlook for Political Scientists

Represents about 6,000 people in the United States.

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


Hourly Income

On average, political scientists make $53.97 per hour.

Hourly Income Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Political scientists $27.77 $41.63 $54.95 $68.05 $77.06
Life, physical, and social science occupations $16.03 $21.67 $30.45 $43.78 $59.27
Social scientists and related workers $20.19 $26.84 $36.19 $47.75 $60.29
Miscellaneous social scientists and related workers $20.58 $27.89 $37.03 $48.73 $61.07
National Average $9.27 $11.60 $17.81 $28.92 $45.45

Annual Salaries

On average, political scientists make $112,250 per year.

Annual Salary Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Political scientists $57,750 $86,600 $114,290 $141,550 $160,290
Life, physical, and social science occupations $33,350 $45,060 $63,340 $91,060 $123,280
Social scientists and related workers $41,990 $55,840 $75,280 $99,320 $125,400
Miscellaneous social scientists and related workers $42,800 $58,010 $77,020 $101,360 $127,030
National Average $19,290 $24,140 $37,040 $60,150 $94,540

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

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