Salary for Social Science Research Assistants

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Also known as:  City Planning Aide, Economic Research Assistant, Economist Research Assistant, Historian Research Assistant, Political Science Research Assistant, Psychologist Research Assistant, Sociology Research Assistant helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

Social science research assistants work under the guidance of social scientists to gather, review, and validate data. They may conduct surveys, obtain informed consents from research participants, prepare tables, charts and graphs, create and manage databases, and conduct research in libraries and/or on-line. These individuals may also prepare documents for publication and present research findings. An Associate's degree is the minimum education level required for this position.

A Social Science Research Assistant will usually earn a compensation of around $31,090 to $81,280 based on education and experience. will most likely receive an average wage of fifty-three thousand five hundred and sixty dollars per annum.

can get the highest pay in District of Columbia, where they can get compensation, on average, of close to about $69,100. People working these jobs have the highest average potential salary in Management of Companies and Enterprises, where they earn an average job salary of $66,940.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 55.40 percent nationwide in that time.


Social Science Research Assistants tend to make the most in the following industries:

Management of Companies and Enterprises
Other Services (except Public Administration)
Health Care and Social Assistance
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Finance and Insurance

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Public Administration
Educational Services
Finance and Insurance
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services