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Sociology in California

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Schools Offering Sociology Programs in California

Each year, approximately 0.7% of California graduates receive degrees in sociology. That means an estimated 5,976 sociologists graduate from California's 105 sociology schools each year.

Top Schools

Stanford University, which is located in Stanford, is the top-ranked school in California that has a sociology program. It received a ranking of 2nd in the country in 2010. In 2010, Stanford University graduated 67 students from its sociology program. Stanford University charged in-state students $40,172 in tuition fees per year.

The second-ranked school in California with a sociology program is University of California-Berkeley, which is located in Berkeley. In 2010, it was ranked 5th nationwide. In 2010, University of California-Berkeley graduated 213 students from its sociology program. Students at University of California-Berkeley paid $10,940 per year in tuition fees.

University of California-Los Angeles, which was ranked 5th nationwide in 2010, is the third-ranked school in California that has a sociology program. It is located in Los Angeles. 517 students graduated with degree in sociology from University of California-Los Angeles in 2010. Tuition at University of California-Los Angeles was $10,781 per year.


Sociology schools in California, charge students an average tuition of $12,271 per year. But, tuition can be as much as $41,130 per year, or as little as $625 per year. In 2010, the following California sociology schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. Pitzer College - located in Claremont, students are charged $41,130 per year
  2. University of Southern California - located in Los Angeles, students are charged $41,022 per year
  3. Occidental College - located in Los Angeles, students are charged $40,939 per year

The lowest tuition rates at California sociology schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Copper Mountain Community College - located in Joshua Tree, students are charged $625 per year
  2. Sacramento City College - located in Sacramento, students are charged $644 per year
  3. Crafton Hills College - located in Yucaipa, students are charged $651 per year

A sociology degree from a California school... what next?

Most people who graduate from sociology school in California go on to work as a sociologist. California had 1,040 sociologists in 2010. The following counties have the largest number of California sociologists:

  1. Marin County - 180 sociologists
  2. Alameda County - 110 sociologists
  3. El Dorado County - 70 sociologists

Projected Growth

The government projects that by 2018, the number of sociologists in the state of California will grow to 1,600. This would require a 23% growth in the profession.


A sociologist in California makes an average of $82,510 per year. In 2010, however, some California sociologists earned as little as less than $45,100 per year or as much as more than $130,450 per year. On average a sociologist earns the most in the following California counties:

  1. Alameda County - $87,400 per year
  2. Marin County - $76,380 per year
  3. El Dorado County - $75,180 per year

On average, sociologists earns the least in the following California counties:

  1. Los Angeles County - $72,400 per year
  2. El Dorado County - $75,180 per year
  3. Marin County - $76,380 per year

More Information

For more data regarding a career in sociology in California and to compare salaries with various related fields such as forensic psychology or school psychology, take a look at the graphs and charts below.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Sociology in California
  • Bachelor's Degree in Sociology in California
  • Master's Degree in Sociology in California
  • Doctoral Degree in Sociology in California
  • Certificate in Sociology in California

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary 1,310 $94,980 -6.4%
Sociologists 1,040 $82,510 55.2%

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