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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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: Top

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)
96,220 1.7 % $ 44.37 $ 92,280 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for Operations Research Analysts:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 23.10 $ 30.32 $ 41.44 $ 55.33 $ 69.39
Annual Wage (2) $ 48,050 $ 63,070 $ 86,200 $ 115,080 $ 144,330


Industry profile for Operations Research Analysts: Top

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 of Companies and Enterprises 9,930 0.41 $ 46.05 $ 95,780
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 8,030 0.37 $ 45.42 $ 94,480
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 7,990 0.52 $ 42.96 $ 89,350
Insurance Carriers 7,970 0.66 $ 41.03 $ 85,350
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities (5221 and 5223 only) 7,010 0.35 $ 43.18 $ 89,820

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)
Insurance Carriers 7,970 0.66 $ 41.03 $ 85,350
Nondepository Credit Intermediation 3,200 0.55 $ 45.95 $ 95,580
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 7,990 0.52 $ 42.96 $ 89,350
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 250 0.50 $ 37.49 $ 77,970
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 4,250 0.45 $ 54.26 $ 112,860

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 (8) (8) $ 106.90 $ 222,350
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 5,340 0.26 $ 57.98 $ 120,600
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 4,250 0.45 $ 54.26 $ 112,860
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 420 0.06 $ 53.54 $ 111,350
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 40 0.01 $ 53.30 $ 110,860


Geographic profile for Operations Research Analysts: Top

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.





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 8,940 0.54 0.79 $ 52.09 $ 108,350
Texas 8,880 0.73 1.06 $ 41.87 $ 87,090
Virginia 7,350 1.99 2.87 $ 51.97 $ 108,090
New York 6,600 0.76 1.10 $ 51.74 $ 107,620
Florida 5,570 0.66 0.95 $ 33.96 $ 70,640




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)
Virginia 7,350 1.99 2.87 $ 51.97 $ 108,090
District of Columbia 1,330 1.94 2.80 $ 56.10 $ 116,700
Delaware 690 1.61 2.33 $ 43.91 $ 91,330
Maryland 4,030 1.60 2.31 $ 50.04 $ 104,090
Utah 1,640 1.10 1.59 $ 35.53 $ 73,910




Top paying states for Operations Research Analysts:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 1,330 1.94 2.80 $ 56.10 $ 116,700
New Jersey 2,700 0.71 1.03 $ 55.00 $ 114,410
California 8,940 0.54 0.79 $ 52.09 $ 108,350
Virginia 7,350 1.99 2.87 $ 51.97 $ 108,090
New York 6,600 0.76 1.10 $ 51.74 $ 107,620





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)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 7,330 0.83 1.20 $ 55.41 $ 115,250
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 6,910 2.29 3.31 $ 54.67 $ 113,710
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 4,190 1.17 1.69 $ 41.87 $ 87,090
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 3,230 0.74 1.07 $ 45.79 $ 95,250
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 3,180 0.55 0.79 $ 49.19 $ 102,310
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 3,040 1.16 1.67 $ 35.03 $ 72,860
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 2,600 1.41 2.04 $ 43.43 $ 90,330
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 2,510 0.97 1.40 $ 45.01 $ 93,630
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 2,290 0.85 1.23 $ 45.80 $ 95,260
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 2,050 1.05 1.52 $ 50.18 $ 104,380




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 540 11.84 17.12 $ 50.43 $ 104,900
Bloomington, IL 420 5.13 7.42 $ 49.56 $ 103,080
Olympia-Tumwater, WA 320 2.98 4.31 $ 33.61 $ 69,910
Richmond, VA 1,840 2.94 4.24 $ 44.74 $ 93,050
Tallahassee, FL 400 2.35 3.40 $ 19.23 $ 40,000
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 6,910 2.29 3.31 $ 54.67 $ 113,710
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 210 1.96 2.83 $ 46.19 $ 96,060
Wausau, WI 130 1.91 2.76 $ 37.53 $ 78,060
Dayton, OH 610 1.70 2.46 $ 47.07 $ 97,910
Salt Lake City, UT 1,210 1.67 2.42 $ 33.98 $ 70,670




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 1,030 0.93 1.35 $ 70.59 $ 146,830
Salinas, CA 50 0.26 0.38 $ 60.07 $ 124,950
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 40 0.21 0.31 $ 59.31 $ 123,370
Trenton, NJ 250 1.10 1.59 $ 56.12 $ 116,730
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 7,330 0.83 1.20 $ 55.41 $ 115,250
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,040 0.87 1.26 $ 54.69 $ 113,760
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 6,910 2.29 3.31 $ 54.67 $ 113,710
Winston-Salem, NC 90 0.35 0.51 $ 53.94 $ 112,200
Huntsville, AL 340 1.45 2.10 $ 53.81 $ 111,910
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 40 0.40 0.57 $ 52.08 $ 108,330

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 3.45 4.98 (8) (8)
Southeast-Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 110 1.34 1.94 (8) (8)
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 110 0.74 1.07 (8) (8)
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 90 0.50 0.72 $ 41.09 $ 85,460
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 80 0.62 0.90 $ 33.15 $ 68,940

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 3.45 4.98 (8) (8)
Southeast-Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 110 1.34 1.94 (8) (8)
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 110 0.74 1.07 (8) (8)
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 60 0.65 0.95 $ 37.23 $ 77,450
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 80 0.62 0.90 $ 33.15 $ 68,940

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)
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 50 0.17 0.24 $ 52.62 $ 109,450
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 50 0.32 0.46 $ 43.35 $ 90,170
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 30 0.14 0.21 $ 42.65 $ 88,720
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 90 0.50 0.72 $ 41.09 $ 85,460
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 30 0.21 0.30 $ 37.57 $ 78,140


About May 2020 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 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021