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Social Scientist - Federal Salaries of 2021

Pay Rates for "Social Scientist"

How much does a Social Scientist in the federal government get paid? $92,678.51* *Based on the 2021 average.
9,780 EMPLOYEES
$883.13M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Social Scientist was the 36th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2021, with 9,780 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2021, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Social Science, with an average salary of $74,447.

Agencies that have hired a Social Scientist

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
Veterans Health Administration 2,825 $74,447.34
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 1,852 $80,463.98
Veterans Benefits Administration 1,240 $92,078.49
Administration for Children and Families 831 $113,568.74
Office of the Director 406 $106,136.50
Forest Service 281 $93,042.69
Federal Bureau of Investigation 222 $128,017.24
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 213 $111,230.01
Pretrial Services Agency 195 $111,422.66
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 161 $124,897.62
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 137 $98,859.44
Indian Health Service 114 $78,539.57
Office of Inspector General (Department of Health and Human Services) 95 $99,559.96
National Institutes of Health 89 $126,886.44
Food and Drug Administration 87 $128,111.44
Environmental Protection Agency 82 $114,485.35
U.S. Coast Guard 77 $96,544.74
National Science Foundation 63 $175,574.29
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 62 $116,334.00
Administration for Community Living 60 $137,918.75
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 39 $129,625.41
Offices, Boards and Divisions 34 $130,508.32
Office of Secretary of Transportation 34 $105,087.09
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 31 $122,326.10
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Service 30 $133,695.30
National Institute of Food & Agriculture 28 $109,723.68
Internal Revenue Service 28 $98,893.25
Social Security Administration 26 $140,400.42
U.S. Agency for International Development 24 $128,740.29
Food and Nutrition Service 22 $122,144.45
U.S. Secret Service 22 $111,302.45
Health Resources and Services Administration 21 $128,223.38
National Park Service 21 $93,776.52
International-American Foundation 20 $126,812.95
Community Relations Service 20 $131,886.00
Federal Aviation Administration 19 $147,699.21
Office of Justice Programs 18 $140,320.78
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 18 $157,602.00
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 17 $110,665.88
National Institute of Standards and Technology 17 $129,887.94
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 16 $132,928.06
Rural Housing Service 14 $96,986.50
Department of State 14 $131,740.43
Bureau of the Census 13 $109,064.46
Geological Survey 10 $113,370.60
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars 10 $166,128.30
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 9 $118,074.89
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 8 $153,152.63
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 7 $103,921.86
Federal Trade Commission 7 $96,806.71
Science and Technology Directorate 7 $149,445.29
Citizenship and Immigration Services 6 $139,568.50
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 6 $126,870.33
Bureau of Land Management 5 $105,994.20
Office of Governmentwide Policy 5 $136,459.20
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 4 $134,714.25
Bureau of Reclamation 4 $133,291.25
4 $85,102.00
Agricultural Research Service 4 $85,549.25
Commission on Civil Rights 4 $118,665.75
Indian Affairs 3 $88,741.33
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 3 $145,892.33
Economic Research Service 3 $161,455.00
Peace Corps 3 $131,601.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 2 $110,572.50
U.S. International Trade Commission 2 $165,747.50
National Transportation Safety Board 2 $134,763.50
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Regulation 2 $84,401.00
Program Support Center 2 $135,103.50
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 2 $116,174.50
U.S. Marshals Service 2 $140,323.00
Drug Enforcement Administration 2 $153,162.50
Corporation for National and Community Service 2 $89,799.00
Bureau of Economic Analysis 1 $113,362.00
Institute of Museum and Library Services 1 $120,972.00
Foreign Agricultural Service 1 $135,785.00
Customs and Border Protection 1 $95,920.00
Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council 1 $64,649.00
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection 1 $151,737.00
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 1 $198,975.00
Department of Energy 1 $154,730.00
Maritime Administration 1 $76,148.00
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 1 $107,146.00
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 1 $139,066.00
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 1 $175,100.00

Social Scientist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Social Scientist is $92,678.51. The highest paid Social Scientist made $257,475 in 2021.

Common Social Scientist Payscales

Payscale Number of Social Science Employees
GS - General Schedule 9,215
GL - Gs Employees In Grades 3 Through 10 Paid A Law Enforcement Officer Special Base Rate 295
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified 92
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 46
RG - Scientists Appointed As Fellows And Compensated Under 42 U.s.c. 209(g). Includes Non-citizens Whose Employment 28
FV - Federal Aviation Administration Core Compensation Plan 19
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 12
FO - Foreign Service Officers 11
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 10
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109) 9
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 8
ES - Senior Executive Service 8
RF - Employees Appointed And Compensated As Special Consultants Under 42 U.s.c. 209(f). Includes Non-citizens Whose 6
IR - Internal Revenue Service Broadband Classification And Pay System Positions Only 4
EE - Expert (other) 3
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 2
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 2
RS - Senior Biomedical Research Service 2
ST - Scientific And Professional 2
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation For National And Community Service, P.l. 103-82, Subtitle G, Section 2
SR - Statutory Rates Not Elsewhere Specified 1
SL - Senior Level Positions 1
CN - Bureau Of Consumer Financial Protect(cfpb) Independent Agcy Within The Fed Res Syst(use By Cfpb Only) 1
CG - Corporate Graded 1

Average Social Science Pay Trend from 2004 to 2021

In 2004, the average pay for a Social Scientist was $67,890. Since then, the average pay has increased to $92,679 in 2021.


Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0101.

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