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Economists are among the highest-paid social scientists. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the median salary for economists was $104,340 in May 2018. The lowest paid 10 percent made less than $58,130, and the highest paid 10 percent earned more than $182,560. Economists employed by the federal government earned average salaries of $123,570. Those who worked for scientific research and development services firms earned $122,010. Salaries for economics professors ranged from less than $51,070 to $202,460 or more. 

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