Salary for Political Scientists

Also known as:  Government Affairs Researcher, Government Affairs Specialist, Local Governance and Citizen Participation Specialist, Political Consultant, Political Research Scientist, Political Researcher

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The primary focus of political scientists is to study this origin, evolution, and behavior of political entities and systems. Many political scientists specialize in subfields such as conflict processes, American domestic government, or political psychology. They develop and test theories using statistical data, journals, interviews, historical accounts, case law, polls, and periodical articles. Additionally, they may be involved in the preparation of legislative proposals, speeches, and policy papers, or in the evaluation of such documents. These professionals may also teach. Graduate education is required for this occupation.

A Political Scientist can get a salary between 88000 and 132000 depending on experience and domain knowledge. Political Scientists will normally receive an average wage of One Hundred Ten Thousand dollars yearly.

Political Scientists have the most lucrative average salary level in Virginia, where they receive pay of close to about $130850. People with these jobs can obtain the highest salaries in Public Administration, where they earn average pay of $120910.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 28.24 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Political Scientists tend to make the most in the following industries
Other Services (except Public Administration) $120,910
Public Administration $111,680
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $111,280
Educational Services $62,740
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Educational Services $62,740
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $111,280
Public Administration $111,680
Other Services (except Public Administration) $120,910
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