Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
95,860 2.6 % $40.47 $84,180 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.92 $27.55 $37.80 $50.52 $63.70
Annual Wage (2) $43,520 $57,310 $78,630 $105,090 $132,500


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)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 9,440 0.42 $41.05 $85,380
Insurance Carriers 9,370 0.81 $39.41 $81,970
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 8,540 0.68 $41.68 $86,690
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 8,060 0.43 $42.46 $88,330
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,790 0.24 $53.17 $110,600

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 150 0.85 $44.90 $93,400
Insurance Carriers 9,370 0.81 $39.41 $81,970
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 8,540 0.68 $41.68 $86,690
Other Financial Investment Activities 2,810 0.64 $45.61 $94,870
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 1,860 0.64 $38.32 $79,700

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,790 0.24 $53.17 $110,600
Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite) 90 0.07 $52.11 $108,400
Legal Services 60 0.01 $51.20 $106,490
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 2,350 0.53 $50.63 $105,310
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing (8) (8) $49.61 $103,190


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 12,510 0.81 1.16 $45.37 $94,360
Texas 8,450 0.73 1.05 $40.49 $84,230
Illinois 7,650 1.31 1.88 $41.44 $86,200
Florida 6,270 0.79 1.14 $30.74 $63,930
Virginia 6,050 1.64 2.36 $50.69 $105,430



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)
Delaware 780 1.79 2.58 $43.67 $90,830
District of Columbia 1,120 1.65 2.37 $53.12 $110,500
Virginia 6,050 1.64 2.36 $50.69 $105,430
Illinois 7,650 1.31 1.88 $41.44 $86,200
Arizona 3,310 1.28 1.84 $33.81 $70,330



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 1,120 1.65 2.37 $53.12 $110,500
Virginia 6,050 1.64 2.36 $50.69 $105,430
New York 5,620 0.63 0.90 $48.82 $101,540
New Jersey 1,430 0.37 0.53 $48.79 $101,490
Connecticut 1,200 0.72 1.04 $47.15 $98,060




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 5,820 2.41 3.46 $52.72 $109,670
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,800 0.74 1.06 $52.19 $108,550
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 4,270 1.20 1.72 $41.18 $85,660
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 3,360 3.32 4.78 $55.39 $115,210
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 2,980 1.59 2.28 $33.71 $70,110
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 2,970 1.69 2.43 $36.64 $76,210
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,710 1.16 1.67 $39.84 $82,870
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,210 0.54 0.77 $41.15 $85,580
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 2,140 1.39 2.00 $44.16 $91,850
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,770 0.94 1.36 $42.68 $88,780



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)
Bloomington, IL 860 8.96 12.89 $43.08 $89,600
California-Lexington Park, MD 360 8.17 11.76 $48.15 $100,150
Dover-Durham, NH-ME 270 5.30 7.63 $40.40 $84,030
Tallahassee, FL 550 3.43 4.93 $24.03 $49,990
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 3,360 3.32 4.78 $55.39 $115,210
Huntsville, AL 540 2.55 3.67 $49.10 $102,120
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 5,820 2.41 3.46 $52.72 $109,670
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 750 2.19 3.16 $44.04 $91,600
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 200 1.95 2.81 $44.40 $92,360
Baton Rouge, LA 730 1.86 2.68 $20.93 $43,540



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)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 3,360 3.32 4.78 $55.39 $115,210
Springfield, MA-CT 210 0.66 0.94 $53.53 $111,350
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 5,820 2.41 3.46 $52.72 $109,670
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,800 0.74 1.06 $52.19 $108,550
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI 70 0.55 0.79 $51.86 $107,860
Colorado Springs, CO 190 0.74 1.06 $49.98 $103,950
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 510 0.44 0.64 $49.96 $103,910
Huntsville, AL 540 2.55 3.67 $49.10 $102,120
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 690 0.65 0.94 $49.08 $102,080
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 1,150 1.13 1.63 $48.58 $101,040

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)
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 110 0.60 0.86 $32.51 $67,620
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 80 0.40 0.58 $20.80 $43,260
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 70 0.32 0.46 $33.98 $70,680
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.48 0.69 $25.49 $53,030
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 60 0.29 0.42 $35.24 $73,300

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)
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 110 0.60 0.86 $32.51 $67,620
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.48 0.69 $25.49 $53,030
South Florida nonmetropolitan area 30 0.45 0.65 $26.34 $54,790
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 80 0.40 0.58 $20.80 $43,260
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 70 0.32 0.46 $33.98 $70,680

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)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 50 0.22 0.31 $41.80 $86,940
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.19 0.28 $37.65 $78,310
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 60 0.29 0.42 $35.24 $73,300
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 70 0.32 0.46 $33.98 $70,680
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.16 0.22 $32.87 $68,380


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