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A master's degree is often required to work in this field. Survey data provided by the government shows that 100% of employees have a bachelor's degree or higher.


Part-Time Work and Self-Employment

Of those working as employees, 3% work fewer than 40 hours per week. Around 7% of professional economists are independent contractors.


Area Job Conditions

On a per capita basis, there are more jobs for professional economists in Washington (District of Columbia), Little Rock (Arkansas), and Tallahassee (Florida), and fewer jobs in St. Louis (Missouri), Santa Ana (California), and Tampa (Florida).

Compensation for workers is the most in Bethesda (Maryland), Washington (District of Columbia), and New York (New York), and the lowest in Fort Worth (Texas), San Diego (California), and Little Rock (Arkansas).


Video Overview

Recaps economist careers. Produced for the US Dept. of Labor.


Salaries by City

See typical salaries and ranges for this career below*. Shift click to sort by more than one column -- for example first shift-click on state and then shift-click on salary to find best and worst salaries in each state.

StateCity / RegionTypical SalarySalary RangeJob Count% of All Jobs
AKAnchorage$84,630$65K - $110K600.04%
ARLittle Rock - North Little Rock - Conway$73,880$43K - $170K500.02%
AZTucson$61,420$48K - N/AN/AN/A
CABakersfield - Delano$65,030$40K - $96KN/AN/A
CALos Angeles - Long Beach - Glendale (Metro Area)$101,960$54K - N/A7800.02%
CAOakland - Fremont - Hayward (Metro Area)$89,660$59K - $138K4000.04%
CARiverside - San Bernardino - Ontario$61,080$39K - $102K1500.01%
CASacramento - Arden - Arcade - Roseville$78,560$60K - $153K1900.02%
CASan Diego - Carlsbad - San Marcos$88,670$45K - $184K2200.02%
CASan Francisco - San Mateo - Redwood City (Metro Area)$106,560$68K - $174K5100.05%
CASan Jose - Sunnyvale - Santa Clara$97,570$51K - $136KN/AN/A
CASanta Ana - Anaheim - Irvine (Metro Area)$95,150$78K - $155KN/AN/A
CASanta Barbara - Santa Maria - Goleta$85,200$54K - $130KN/AN/A
COBoulder$92,570$59K - $136K400.03%
CODenver - Aurora - Broomfield$91,080$52K - $127K1400.01%
CTHartford - West Hartford - East Hartford$89,730$66K - $117K1600.03%
DCWashington - Arlington - Alexandria (Metro Area)$112,220$62K - $156K4,9700.21%
FLOrlando - Kissimmee - Sanford$78,370$43K - $94KN/AN/A
FLTampa - St. Petersburg - Clearwater$87,300$62K - $133K300.00%
GAAtlanta - Sandy Springs - Marietta$94,040$63K - $134K2300.01%
HIHonolulu$65,200$45K - $99K300.01%
IADes Moines - West Des Moines$62,450$43K - $91KN/AN/A
IDBoise City - Nampa$46,740$40K - $88K400.01%
ILChicago - Joliet - Naperville (Metro Area)$95,190$63K - $166K3000.01%
INIndianapolis - Carmel$90,420$67K - $118KN/AN/A
MABoston - Cambridge - Quincy (Metro Area)$87,050$51K - $164K7500.04%
MDBaltimore - Towson$95,240$60K - $144K1300.01%
MDBethesda - Rockville - Frederick (Metro Area)$126,250$81K - $155K1500.03%
MIDetroit - Livonia - Dearborn (Metro Area)$70,950$56K - $97K700.01%
MILansing - East Lansing$72,070$47K - $85K300.02%
MIWarren - Troy - Farmington Hills (Metro Area)$92,840$67K - $145K300.00%
MNMinneapolis - St. Paul - Bloomington$59,650$41K - $102K1900.01%
MOKansas City$84,860$40K - $132K1200.01%
MOSt. Louis$87,000$53K - N/A600.01%
NCCharlotte - Gastonia - Rock Hill$73,660$48K - $134K400.00%
NCDurham - Chapel Hill$94,120$45K - $151K600.02%
NCRaleigh - Cary$58,330$42K - $134KN/AN/A
NJEdison - New Brunswick (Metro Area)$87,430$44K - $160KN/AN/A
NMAlbuquerque$56,250$43K - $88K400.01%
NYAlbany - Schenectady - Troy$83,010$47K - $129K800.02%
NYBuffalo - Niagara Falls$103,400$59K - $158K300.01%
NYNew York - White Plains - Wayne (Metro Area)$108,450$55K - N/A3600.01%
OKOklahoma City$60,650$43K - $86KN/AN/A
OKTulsa$68,330$47K - $87K400.01%
ORPortland - Vancouver - Hillsboro$85,500$58K - $119K900.01%
PAPhiladelphia (Metro Area)$90,530$61K - $134K2500.01%
PAPittsburgh$91,950$57K - $144K500.00%
PRSan Juan - Caguas - Guaynabo$33,860$21K - $57K900.01%
SCColumbia$60,140$43K - $89K600.02%
TXAustin - Round Rock - San Marcos$47,450$40K - $85K800.01%
TXCollege Station - Bryan$44,920$38K - N/A700.08%
TXDallas - Plano - Irving (Metro Area)$99,140$69K - N/A2700.01%
TXFort Worth - Arlington (Metro Area)$58,010$49K - $113KN/AN/A
TXHouston - Sugar Land - Baytown$112,680$79K - $154K1900.01%
VARichmondN/AN/A - N/A700.01%
WAOlympia$68,420$56K - $87K600.06%
WASeattle - Bellevue - Everett (Metro Area)$80,310$59K - $117K1300.01%
WIMilwaukee - Waukesha - West Allis$83,050$51K - $117K300.00%