Sociologist - Federal Salaries of 2020
Pay Rates for "Sociologist"How much does a Sociologist in the federal government get paid? $110,919.08* *Based on the 2020 average.
Sociologist was the 498th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2020, with 12 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.
In 2020, the Food and Drug Administration hired the most employees titled Sociology, with an average salary of $142,187.
Government Sociology jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Sociology job is GS-6, and the highest paygrade that can be attained within this job series is GS-15. Remember that the starting and maximum yearly pay listed above reflect base pay only - your actual salary will be higher based on the Locality Pay Adjustment for the area in which you work.
This occupation includes positions that involve professional work requiring a knowledge of sociology and sociological methods specifically related to the establishment, validation, interpretation, and application of knowledge about social processes. Sociologists and study specialized areas such as: changes in the character, size, distribution, and composition of the population; social mechanisms for enforcing compliance with widely accepted norms and for controlling deviance; social phenomena having to do with human health and disease; the structure and operation of organizations; and the complex interrelationship of the individual and society.
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions fall under this job category. Due to the growing focus of them STEM fields, individuals in this job category tend to advance more quickly than employees in the other job categories. Jobs in this category are being added quickly and many organizations have trouble finding qualified individuals. Individuals in this job category typically recieve pormotions of 2 grade increases at a time until they reach GS-12.
Agencies that have hired a Sociologist
|Agency||Employees Hired||Average Salary|
|Food and Drug Administration||2||$142,187.00|
|National Institutes of Health||2||$52,175.00|
|Veterans Health Administration||2||$121,005.50|
|Environmental Protection Agency||2||$110,861.00|
|Rural Housing Service||1||$133,465.00|
|Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration||1||$52,175.00|
|Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality||1||$170,800.00|
|Centers for Disease Control and Prevention||1||$122,132.00|
Sociologist Pay Distribution
The average pay for a Sociologist is $110,919.08. The highest paid Sociologist made $170,800 in 2020.
Common Sociologist Payscales
|Payscale||Number of Sociology Employees|
|GS - General Schedule||6|
|EI - Advisory Committee Member (other)||5|
|EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109)||1|
|Starting Paygrade:||$34,649.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1|
|Maximum Paygrade:||$146,757.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-15, Step 10|
|Category:||Professional and Scientific|
|Occupation Family:||0100 SOCIAL SCIENCE, PSYCHOLOGY, AND WELFARE GROUP|
Other Jobs at the GS-6 Paygrade
GS-6 is the starting paygrade for Sociology jobs. Here are some other Federal Government jobs that can be held by employees at the GS-6 paygrade.
|Occupation||Occupation Category||Starting Paygrade||Maximum Paygrade|
|Pharmacy Technician||Technical and Medical Support||GS-1||GS-9|
|Agricultural Program Specialist||Administrative and Management||GS-4||GS-15|
|General Engineering and Architecture||Professional and Scientific||GS-6||GS-15|
|Electronics Technical||Technical and Medical Support||GS-1||GS-9|
|Highway Safety||Administrative and Management||GS-4||GS-15|
Average Sociology Pay Trend from 2004 to 2020
In 2004, the average pay for a Sociologist was $89,645. Since then, the average pay has increased to $110,919 in 2020.
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