The average pay for a Political Scientist is $57,288 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 10 years' experience.

$30,622 - $81,094
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MEDIAN: $57,287
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$30,622 - $81,094  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,787  
Total Pay (?
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$29,087 - $85,897  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 30
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$18.75  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,787  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$29,087 - $85,897  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 6
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Job Description for Political Scientist

Political scientists should have a strong background in writing and statistics in order to construct reasonable arguments while carefully tracking all new developments on the political front. A master's degree or Ph.D. in political science, public administration, or a related field may be required for some positions.

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Political Scientist Tasks

  • Write papers, reports and opinions.
  • Provide expertise and advice on policy and actions.
  • Perform, analyze and present research.

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Experience Affects Political Scientist Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 25%

National Average
$56,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Somewhat satisfied
Rated 2 out of 5
based on 3 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
medical benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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