Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

15-2021 Mathematicians

Conduct research in fundamental mathematics or in application of mathematical techniques to science, management, and other fields. Solve problems in various fields using mathematical methods.


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)
3,170 7.9 % $54.11 $112,560 2.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $27.02 $39.23 $53.42 $67.08 $80.41
Annual Wage (2) $56,200 $81,590 $111,110 $139,520 $167,250


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)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 970 0.05 $52.35 $108,890
Scientific Research and Development Services 700 0.11 $64.31 $133,750
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 380 0.01 $31.54 $65,610
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 200 0.02 $58.78 $122,260
Insurance Carriers 140 0.01 $46.14 $95,980

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 700 0.11 $64.31 $133,750
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 970 0.05 $52.35 $108,890
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 200 0.02 $58.78 $122,260
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 380 0.01 $31.54 $65,610
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 100 0.01 $55.41 $115,250

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 700 0.11 $64.31 $133,750
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 200 0.02 $58.78 $122,260
Computer Systems Design and Related Services (8) (8) $56.51 $117,530
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 100 0.01 $55.41 $115,250
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 970 0.05 $52.35 $108,890


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 740 0.05 2.08 $54.64 $113,650
Virginia 420 0.11 4.98 $53.99 $112,290
Maryland 330 0.13 5.59 $64.45 $134,050
New Jersey 150 0.04 1.68 $75.47 $156,970
Texas 130 0.01 0.48 $34.40 $71,550



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)
Maryland 330 0.13 5.59 $64.45 $134,050
District of Columbia 90 0.13 5.85 $57.37 $119,320
Virginia 420 0.11 4.98 $53.99 $112,290
Rhode Island 40 0.08 3.57 $48.79 $101,480
New Mexico 50 0.07 2.93 $56.17 $116,830



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 150 0.04 1.68 $75.47 $156,970
Maryland 330 0.13 5.59 $64.45 $134,050
District of Columbia 90 0.13 5.85 $57.37 $119,320
New Mexico 50 0.07 2.93 $56.17 $116,830
California 740 0.05 2.08 $54.64 $113,650




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 330 0.14 6.00 $66.66 $138,660
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 200 0.15 6.33 $60.66 $126,160
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 180 0.18 7.60 $60.03 $124,870
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 120 0.03 1.25 $45.77 $95,200
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 90 0.16 7.11 $64.38 $133,910
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 40 0.03 1.48 $48.16 $100,170
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 40 0.01 0.64 $20.13 $41,870
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 40 0.07 3.01 $48.79 $101,480
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 30 0.04 1.59 $32.98 $68,590
Dayton, OH 30 0.08 3.66 $46.85 $97,450



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)
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 180 0.18 7.60 $60.03 $124,870
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 90 0.16 7.11 $64.38 $133,910
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 200 0.15 6.33 $60.66 $126,160
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 330 0.14 6.00 $66.66 $138,660
Dayton, OH 30 0.08 3.66 $46.85 $97,450
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 40 0.07 3.01 $48.79 $101,480
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 30 0.04 1.59 $32.98 $68,590
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 120 0.03 1.25 $45.77 $95,200
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 40 0.03 1.48 $48.16 $100,170
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 40 0.01 0.64 $20.13 $41,870



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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 330 0.14 6.00 $66.66 $138,660
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 90 0.16 7.11 $64.38 $133,910
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 200 0.15 6.33 $60.66 $126,160
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 180 0.18 7.60 $60.03 $124,870
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $53.32 $110,910
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $51.57 $107,270
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 40 0.07 3.01 $48.79 $101,480
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 40 0.03 1.48 $48.16 $100,170
Dayton, OH 30 0.08 3.66 $46.85 $97,450
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 120 0.03 1.25 $45.77 $95,200


About May 2015 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 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016