Average Base Pay
33.61% above national average
Additional Cash Compensation
A person in an entry-level Political Scientists role with under one year of job experience can expect to make an average annual salary of $48,610. A Political Scientists candidate with 1-4 years of experience makes an average total salary of $57,660. A person in a mid-career Political Scientists role with 5-9 years of experience makes an average salary of $69,900 a year. Political Scientists with 10 or more years of experience make an average of $81,730. In their late career (over 20 years of experience), a person in a Political Scientists role’s annual salary averages $118,330 per year.
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While certifications are not required for every Political Scientists position, they can certainly increase your salary and lead to an easier recruitment process when applying to enterprises that favor candidates with additional certifications.
The current Bureau of Labor Statistics states the salary is $69,900 higher than the national average for Political Scientists positions.
Yes, there is strong potential for promotion — either with an additional educational degree or with continued years of experience. There are a multitude of other positions Political Scientists roles that can advance both internally and with another company.