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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

15-2031 Operations Research Analysts

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


National estimates for Operations Research Analysts
Industry profile for Operations Research Analysts
Geographic profile for Operations Research Analysts

National estimates for Operations Research Analysts:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Operations Research Analysts:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
98,700 3.2 % $ 46.07 $ 95,830 2.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for Operations Research Analysts:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 23.41 $ 29.78 $ 39.59 $ 57.33 $ 77.33
Annual Wage (2) $ 48,690 $ 61,940 $ 82,360 $ 119,240 $ 160,850


Industry profile for Operations Research Analysts:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Operations Research Analysts:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 11,510 0.74 $ 64.32 $ 133,790
Management of Companies and Enterprises 9,550 0.38 $ 45.24 $ 94,100
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 8,970 0.40 $ 45.88 $ 95,420
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities (5221 and 5223 only) 7,700 0.38 $ 40.10 $ 83,410
Insurance Carriers 7,400 0.62 $ 41.58 $ 86,490

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Operations Research Analysts:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 11,510 0.74 $ 64.32 $ 133,790
Insurance Carriers 7,400 0.62 $ 41.58 $ 86,490
Nondepository Credit Intermediation 3,410 0.55 $ 46.05 $ 95,790
Scientific Research and Development Services 4,260 0.54 $ 47.47 $ 98,730
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 210 0.45 $ 35.35 $ 73,520

Top paying industries for Operations Research Analysts:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 270 0.17 $ 104.43 $ 217,210
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 11,510 0.74 $ 64.32 $ 133,790
Business Schools and Computer and Management Training 70 0.10 $ 63.83 $ 132,760
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 5,470 0.26 $ 58.51 $ 121,690
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 180 0.20 $ 54.15 $ 112,630


Geographic profile for Operations Research Analysts:

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



Map of employment of operations research analysts by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Operations Research Analysts:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 7,250 0.44 0.63 $ 47.70 $ 99,220
Virginia 6,720 1.79 2.56 $ 56.48 $ 117,480
Florida 5,930 0.69 0.98 $ 34.02 $ 70,760
New York 5,420 0.63 0.89 $ 48.12 $ 100,100
Maryland 4,670 1.83 2.62 $ 50.50 $ 105,040


Map of location quotient of operations research analysts by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Operations Research Analysts:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 2,190 3.30 4.71 $ 43.58 $ 90,650
Maryland 4,670 1.83 2.62 $ 50.50 $ 105,040
Virginia 6,720 1.79 2.56 $ 56.48 $ 117,480
Delaware 710 1.62 2.31 $ 45.53 $ 94,700
New Jersey 3,900 1.01 1.44 $ 44.87 $ 93,330


Map of annual mean wages of operations research analysts by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Operations Research Analysts:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Virginia 6,720 1.79 2.56 $ 56.48 $ 117,480
Alabama 550 0.28 0.41 $ 50.53 $ 105,110
Maryland 4,670 1.83 2.62 $ 50.50 $ 105,040
Hawaii 390 0.71 1.01 $ 50.26 $ 104,540
New York 5,420 0.63 0.89 $ 48.12 $ 100,100



Map of employment of operations research analysts by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Operations Research Analysts:

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 7,770 2.65 3.78 $ 54.06 $ 112,450
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 7,310 2.04 2.91 (8) (8)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 7,060 0.81 1.16 $ 48.78 $ 101,460
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,630 1.25 1.79 $ 61.22 $ 127,330
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 3,580 1.38 1.98 $ 38.05 $ 79,140
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 3,050 1.18 1.68 $ 43.10 $ 89,660
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,740 0.65 0.93 $ 45.93 $ 95,540
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,400 0.42 0.60 $ 47.21 $ 98,190
Austin-Round Rock, TX 2,390 2.23 3.18 $ 57.07 $ 118,710
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,990 1.09 1.56 $ 44.85 $ 93,280


Map of location quotient of operations research analysts by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Operations Research Analysts:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California-Lexington Park, MD 420 9.00 12.85 $ 54.78 $ 113,930
Olympia-Tumwater, WA 370 3.33 4.76 $ 36.65 $ 76,230
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 7,770 2.65 3.78 $ 54.06 $ 112,450
Richmond, VA 1,480 2.39 3.42 $ 49.11 $ 102,140
Austin-Round Rock, TX 2,390 2.23 3.18 $ 57.07 $ 118,710
Tallahassee, FL 370 2.16 3.08 $ 19.94 $ 41,460
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 230 2.05 2.92 $ 47.33 $ 98,440
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 7,310 2.04 2.91 (8) (8)
Las Cruces, NM 100 1.53 2.19 $ 47.61 $ 99,020
Lexington-Fayette, KY 390 1.52 2.17 $ 26.07 $ 54,220


Map of annual mean wages of operations research analysts by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Operations Research Analysts:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 600 0.56 0.80 $ 79.20 $ 164,730
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,630 1.25 1.79 $ 61.22 $ 127,330
Austin-Round Rock, TX 2,390 2.23 3.18 $ 57.07 $ 118,710
Huntsville, AL 320 1.38 1.97 $ 56.37 $ 117,240
Peoria, IL 160 1.03 1.48 $ 56.14 $ 116,770
California-Lexington Park, MD 420 9.00 12.85 $ 54.78 $ 113,930
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 7,770 2.65 3.78 $ 54.06 $ 112,450
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 140 0.37 0.53 $ 53.44 $ 111,160
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,260 0.66 0.94 $ 51.80 $ 107,730
Charlottesville, VA 90 0.83 1.18 $ 51.72 $ 107,580

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Operations Research Analysts:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area 160 3.39 4.85 $ 62.45 $ 129,890
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 100 0.74 1.06 $ 33.79 $ 70,290
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 80 0.33 0.47 $ 45.89 $ 95,450
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 70 0.41 0.58 $ 42.22 $ 87,820
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 70 0.36 0.51 $ 31.52 $ 65,560

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Operations Research Analysts:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area 160 3.39 4.85 $ 62.45 $ 129,890
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 100 0.74 1.06 $ 33.79 $ 70,290
Maryland nonmetropolitan area 40 0.71 1.01 (8) (8)
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 60 0.64 0.92 $ 39.40 $ 81,960
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 40 0.57 0.81 $ 36.43 $ 75,780

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Operations Research Analysts:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area 160 3.39 4.85 $ 62.45 $ 129,890
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 80 0.33 0.47 $ 45.89 $ 95,450
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 0.35 $ 43.95 $ 91,420
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 60 0.18 0.26 $ 43.94 $ 91,390
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 30 0.33 0.48 $ 42.90 $ 89,230


About May 2021 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022