# Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

## 15-2031 Operations Research Analysts

Formulate and apply mathematical modeling and other optimizing methods to develop and interpret information that assists management with decision making, policy formulation, or other managerial functions. May collect and analyze data and develop decision support software, service, or products. May develop and supply optimal time, cost, or logistics networks for program evaluation, review, or implementation.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

#### National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
62,210 1.8 % \$37.01 \$76,980 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage \$19.19 \$25.02 \$34.12 \$46.04 \$59.02
Annual Wage (2) \$39,920 \$52,030 \$70,960 \$95,760 \$122,750

#### Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 5,710 0.40 \$39.55 \$82,260
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 5,000 0.50 \$42.14 \$87,640
Management of Companies and Enterprises 4,910 0.26 \$35.23 \$73,270
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,260 0.21 \$51.82 \$107,790
State Government (OES Designation) 4,030 0.18 \$27.30 \$56,780

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 1,620 0.67 \$40.35 \$83,920
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 120 0.61 \$45.55 \$94,750
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 5,000 0.50 \$42.14 \$87,640
Other Telecommunications 480 0.42 \$41.28 \$85,860
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 5,710 0.40 \$39.55 \$82,260

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 40 0.01 \$55.71 \$115,880
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,260 0.21 \$51.82 \$107,790
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 360 0.23 \$48.43 \$100,740
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 1,510 0.33 \$48.23 \$100,320
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 40 0.04 \$47.59 \$98,980

#### Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 7,370 0.53 1.08 \$39.57 \$82,310
Florida 6,860 0.97 1.97 \$27.08 \$56,330
Texas 5,620 0.56 1.14 \$35.13 \$73,080
Virginia 4,260 1.21 2.47 \$49.23 \$102,390
New York 3,140 0.38 0.77 \$49.81 \$103,610

States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 1,660 2.59 5.30 \$45.06 \$93,730
Virginia 4,260 1.21 2.47 \$49.23 \$102,390
Florida 6,860 0.97 1.97 \$27.08 \$56,330
Maryland 2,240 0.91 1.86 \$41.75 \$86,850
Massachusetts 2,150 0.69 1.41 \$38.91 \$80,920

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 3,140 0.38 0.77 \$49.81 \$103,610
Virginia 4,260 1.21 2.47 \$49.23 \$102,390
District of Columbia 1,660 2.59 5.30 \$45.06 \$93,730
New Jersey 1,310 0.35 0.71 \$42.03 \$87,410
Maryland 2,240 0.91 1.86 \$41.75 \$86,850

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 5,000 2.18 4.46 \$48.97 \$101,860
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,320 0.47 0.95 \$56.05 \$116,590
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,770 1.07 2.18 \$39.69 \$82,540
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,750 0.88 1.79 \$34.35 \$71,440
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,670 0.76 1.56 \$35.21 \$73,230
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,590 0.95 1.93 \$34.18 \$71,100
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 1,560 1.91 3.89 \$36.23 \$75,350
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,360 0.55 1.11 \$33.27 \$69,200
Baltimore-Towson, MD 1,240 1.00 2.04 \$41.29 \$85,880
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,230 0.32 0.66 \$38.26 \$79,590

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Tallahassee, FL 620 3.90 7.96 \$21.48 \$44,670
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 180 2.44 4.98 \$41.02 \$85,320
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 5,000 2.18 4.46 \$48.97 \$101,860
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 1,560 1.91 3.89 \$36.23 \$75,350
Huntsville, AL 330 1.63 3.32 \$46.88 \$97,510
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 490 1.54 3.14 \$28.33 \$58,920
Las Cruces, NM 100 1.47 3.00 \$45.81 \$95,290
Austin-Round Rock, TX 1,040 1.37 2.79 \$39.09 \$81,310
Cedar Rapids, IA 180 1.36 2.78 (8) (8)
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 260 1.36 2.78 \$33.95 \$70,610

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,320 0.47 0.95 \$56.05 \$116,590
Bakersfield, CA 110 0.43 0.87 \$51.19 \$106,470
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 30 0.20 0.41 \$50.17 \$104,350
Salinas, CA (8) (8) (8) \$48.99 \$101,890
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 5,000 2.18 4.46 \$48.97 \$101,860
Huntsville, AL 330 1.63 3.32 \$46.88 \$97,510
Colorado Springs, CO 310 1.29 2.63 \$46.25 \$96,200
Las Cruces, NM 100 1.47 3.00 \$45.81 \$95,290
Fort Wayne, IN 50 0.26 0.54 \$45.65 \$94,950
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) \$45.39 \$94,420

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 270 6.52 13.32 \$48.41 \$100,690
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 140 3.00 6.13 \$49.44 \$102,830
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 80 0.58 1.18 \$25.20 \$52,430
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 60 0.28 0.56 \$29.41 \$61,170
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.47 0.96 \$27.54 \$57,290

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 270 6.52 13.32 \$48.41 \$100,690
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 140 3.00 6.13 \$49.44 \$102,830
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 80 0.58 1.18 \$25.20 \$52,430
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.47 0.96 \$27.54 \$57,290
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 40 0.45 0.93 \$26.66 \$55,450

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 140 3.00 6.13 \$49.44 \$102,830
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 270 6.52 13.32 \$48.41 \$100,690
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) \$44.68 \$92,940
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 40 0.15 0.31 \$34.28 \$71,310
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) \$33.65 \$69,990

About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.

(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.

Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2010 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

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