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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
2,580 5.6 % $50.42 $104,870 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $27.48 $35.33 $48.99 $60.61 $77.19
Annual Wage (2) $57,150 $73,490 $101,900 $126,070 $160,550


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) 1,050 0.05 $54.14 $112,600
Scientific Research and Development Services 440 0.07 $55.91 $116,280
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 430 0.01 $33.75 $70,200
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 150 0.01 $57.89 $120,400
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 90 0.01 $51.68 $107,490

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 440 0.07 $55.91 $116,280
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,050 0.05 $54.14 $112,600
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 50 0.02 $41.17 $85,640
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 430 0.01 $33.75 $70,200
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 150 0.01 $57.89 $120,400

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 150 0.01 $57.89 $120,400
Scientific Research and Development Services 440 0.07 $55.91 $116,280
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,050 0.05 $54.14 $112,600
Management of Companies and Enterprises 40 (7) $52.78 $109,780
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 40 (7) $52.66 $109,530


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 530 0.03 1.74 $48.08 $100,000
Virginia 440 0.11 6.40 $58.29 $121,240
New Jersey 270 0.07 3.72 $56.28 $117,060
Maryland 180 0.07 3.79 $55.74 $115,940
Texas 150 0.01 0.71 (8) (8)




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)
Rhode Island 70 0.14 7.90 $43.58 $90,640
Virginia 440 0.11 6.40 $58.29 $121,240
New Mexico 70 0.09 5.04 $51.34 $106,790
District of Columbia 50 0.08 4.28 $64.36 $133,870
New Jersey 270 0.07 3.72 $56.28 $117,060




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 50 0.08 4.28 $64.36 $133,870
Washington (8) (8) (8) $59.32 $123,380
Colorado 80 0.03 1.69 $59.06 $122,840
Virginia 440 0.11 6.40 $58.29 $121,240
New Jersey 270 0.07 3.72 $56.28 $117,060





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 260 0.08 4.68 $66.78 $138,900
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 160 0.02 0.93 $48.54 $100,960
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 90 0.03 1.82 $51.41 $106,920
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 90 0.01 0.84 $45.32 $94,270
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 80 0.04 2.16 $66.76 $138,860
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 70 0.12 6.59 $43.58 $90,640
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 70 0.04 2.51 (8) (8)
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 60 0.04 2.29 $50.45 $104,930
Albuquerque, NM 50 0.13 7.47 $52.86 $109,950
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 50 0.01 0.59 $48.02 $99,880




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)
Trenton, NJ 30 0.14 7.94 (8) (8)
Albuquerque, NM 50 0.13 7.47 $52.86 $109,950
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 70 0.12 6.59 $43.58 $90,640
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 260 0.08 4.68 $66.78 $138,900
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 80 0.04 2.16 $66.76 $138,860
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 70 0.04 2.51 (8) (8)
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 60 0.04 2.29 $50.45 $104,930
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 90 0.03 1.82 $51.41 $106,920
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 160 0.02 0.93 $48.54 $100,960
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 90 0.01 0.84 $45.32 $94,270




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 260 0.08 4.68 $66.78 $138,900
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 80 0.04 2.16 $66.76 $138,860
Albuquerque, NM 50 0.13 7.47 $52.86 $109,950
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 90 0.03 1.82 $51.41 $106,920
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 60 0.04 2.29 $50.45 $104,930
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 160 0.02 0.93 $48.54 $100,960
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 50 0.01 0.59 $48.02 $99,880
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 90 0.01 0.84 $45.32 $94,270
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 70 0.12 6.59 $43.58 $90,640
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA (8) (8) (8) $41.90 $87,150


About May 2018 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019