Salary for Political Scientists

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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 will normally get an average wage ranging between $62,840 - $170,800 based on experience. can get an average wage of one hundred and twenty-four thousand one hundred dollars per year.

can get the best compensation in Maryland, which has average pay scales of close to about $151,660. These professionals make the highest salary in Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services, where they can earn average pay scales of $132,100.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 44.02 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

Political Scientists tend to make the most in the following industries:

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$132,100
Public Administration
$127,370
Other Services (except Public Administration)
$110,110
Educational Services
$89,970

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Educational Services
$89,970
Other Services (except Public Administration)
$110,110
Public Administration
$127,370
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$132,100