Average Salary For Sociology Majors

Average Yearly Salary
Updated July 15, 2020
$38,000
$17,000
$38,000
$83,000
Sociology major graduates in America make, on average, $38,480 a year or $18.5 per hour. The top 10 percent make over $83,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent make under $17,000 per year. Most jobs for sociology majors are in health care companies and retail companies. California, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, and Rhode Island have the highest paying jobs for sociology major graduates.
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Average Sociology Major Salary By Location

Sociology major graduates in the United States of America make on average $38,480 a year or $18.5 per hour.

San Francisco, CA reports the highest salaries for sociology major graduates at $47,821 per year.

Not only that, San Francisco, CA also has an average entry-level salary of $20,000.

Other top cities with competitive salaries are Washington, DC, New York, NY, Providence, RI, Rochester, NH, Portland, ME, and Boston, MA.

California, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, and Rhode Island are the highest paying states.

Tennessee, Oklahoma, Missouri, South Carolina, and Alabama are at the bottom for competitive pay.

Map Of Salaries For Sociology Major Graduates

The darker areas on the map show where Sociology Majors earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Average Sociology Salary By Company

Sociology major graduates report their job security as good. But just as in every field, some employers pay higher wages than others.

Health care companies and retail companies tend to have the highest concentration of employment for sociology major graduates.

Food Lion and Providence Health & Services are the highest paying companies.

Companies like Hollister and LifePoint Health also pay high salaries to sociology major graduates.

Average Sociology Major Salary By Industry

The type of industry that a sociology major graduate works in can influence their earning potential.

By looking at our data, we can see that education companies, health care companies, and technology companies pay sociology major graduates well.

Salaries for sociology major graduates in education companies average $39,646 annually, while health care companies and technology companies pay $36,673 and $35,924, respectively.

The types of companies that pay sociology majors the least are in the media industry, where the average annual salary is $27,456.

Industry
Average Salary
Education
Education
$39,646
$40k
Health Care
Health Care
$36,673
$37k
Technology
Technology
$35,924
$36k
Finance
Finance
$35,243
$35k
Manufacturing
Manufacturing
$33,591
$34k
Professional
Professional
$31,894
$32k
Non Profits
Non Profits
$30,859
$31k
Retail
Retail
$29,534
$30k
Media
Media
$27,456
$27k

Salary History For Sociology Major Graduates

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Sociology Major Salary By Experience Level

The salary for a sociology major graduate can range from $27,740 to $54,373 depending on the amount of work experience that the person has. Data on how experience level affects salary is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.
Updated July 15, 2020