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What is the average salary for Political Scientists in the United States?

Political Scientists earn an average hourly wage of $50.00. Hourly wages typically start from $25.07 and go up to $74.02. Political Scientists earn an average salary of $104,000 per year. Salaries typically start from $52,150 and go up to $153,960.

These numbers may vary depending on several factors, like level of education, amount of experience, industry, company size and location.

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Highest

The top 10% of Political Scientists in the United States earn:

$74.02 an hour $153,960 per year
Senior

The top 25% of Political Scientists in the United States earn:

$66.10 an hour $137,500 per year
Experienced

The top 50% of Political Scientists in the United States earn:

$50.44 an hour $104,920 per year
Junior

The bottom 25% of Political Scientists in the United States earn:

$36.35 an hour $75,610 per year
Starting

The bottom 10% of Political Scientists in the United States earn:

$25.07 an hour $52,150 per year

Historical salary for Political Scientists in the United States

Political Scientist salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Political Scientist Salary in Virginia $56.77 $118,080 # 1
Political Scientist Salary in New York $54.64 $113,660 # 2
Political Scientist Salary in District of Columbia $53.57 $111,420 # 3
Political Scientist Salary in Maryland $49.44 $102,830 # 4
Political Scientist Salary in Michigan $43.99 $91,500 # 5
Political Scientist Salary in Arizona $41.98 $87,330 # 6
Political Scientist Salary in Washington $34.53 $71,820 # 7
Political Scientist Salary in Maine $34.44 $71,630 # 8
Political Scientist Salary in California $34.15 $71,030 # 9
Political Scientist Salary in Texas $33.88 $70,460 # 10
Political Scientist Salary in Illinois $32.16 $66,890 # 11
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics