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Median annual earnings for sociologists were $73,760 in May 2015, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The lowest paid 10 percent earned less than $36,200, while the highest paid 10 percent earned more than $145,250. Sociologists working for the scientific research and developments earned mean annual salaries of $97,920. Those employed by state governments earned $63,300. College sociology professors earned median annual salaries of $56,310 in May 2015.

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