How Much Do Sociologists Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries


Sociologists study human society and social behavior by examining the groups and social institutions that people form, as well as various social, religious, political, and business organizations. May study the behavior and interaction of groups, trace their origin and growth, and analyze the influence of group activities on individual members.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$93420 per year
Hourly wage
$45 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$52,640 to $65,680 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$25 to $32 per hour

Entry-level Sociologists with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $52,640 to $65,680 per year or $25 to $32 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Sociologists to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $69 $143,020
Senior (Top 25%) $54 $111,910
Middle (Mid 50%) $41 $86,110
Junior (Bottom 25%) $32 $65,680
No experience (Bottom 10%) $25 $52,640

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
NC $53 $109,930
CA $51 $106,870
IL $46 $95,860
MA $44 $92,090
MD $42 $88,290
MI $40 $82,460
FL $36 $75,760
WA $36 $75,390
NY $35 $73,270
OH $34 $71,080

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Sociologist is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like NC doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at NC might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Sociologists are in the states of NC, CA, IL, MA and MD.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities $131690 $63.31
Scientific Research and Development Services $105930 $50.93
State Government $89810 $43.18
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $76410 $36.74
Local Government $75470 $36.28

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