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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
99,680 1.8 % $43.56 $90,600 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $23.40 $30.18 $40.78 $54.17 $67.69
Annual Wage (2) $48,670 $62,780 $84,810 $112,680 $140,790


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 10,480 0.43 $44.81 $93,210
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 9,010 0.60 $44.17 $91,880
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 8,980 0.41 $44.54 $92,650
Insurance Carriers 7,850 0.66 $40.23 $83,670
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities (5221 And 5223 only) 7,500 0.37 $43.31 $90,080

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Insurance Carriers 7,850 0.66 $40.23 $83,670
Nondepository Credit Intermediation 3,590 0.63 $46.78 $97,300
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 9,010 0.60 $44.17 $91,880
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 5,160 0.55 $50.64 $105,330
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 2,580 0.49 $48.11 $100,060

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) 5,160 0.26 $55.60 $115,640
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 470 0.06 $51.76 $107,650
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 5,160 0.55 $50.64 $105,330
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 90 0.06 $49.91 $103,810
Software Publishers 930 0.21 $48.91 $101,730


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 10,000 0.58 0.85 $48.63 $101,150
Texas 9,820 0.79 1.16 $40.62 $84,500
Virginia 8,770 2.26 3.33 $50.04 $104,090
New York 6,510 0.68 1.01 $50.43 $104,890
Florida 4,620 0.53 0.77 $36.30 $75,500




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)
Virginia 8,770 2.26 3.33 $50.04 $104,090
Delaware 870 1.92 2.82 $43.07 $89,580
District of Columbia 1,110 1.53 2.26 $52.76 $109,740
Maryland 3,980 1.47 2.17 $49.22 $102,380
Utah 1,690 1.12 1.65 $35.97 $74,830




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 3,010 0.74 1.08 $53.04 $110,320
District of Columbia 1,110 1.53 2.26 $52.76 $109,740
New York 6,510 0.68 1.01 $50.43 $104,890
Virginia 8,770 2.26 3.33 $50.04 $104,090
Rhode Island (8) (8) (8) $49.86 $103,710





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 8,380 2.64 3.88 $51.61 $107,360
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 7,370 0.76 1.13 $54.15 $112,630
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 4,370 1.19 1.76 $41.85 $87,050
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 3,650 0.59 0.86 $46.79 $97,320
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 3,370 0.72 1.06 $46.41 $96,530
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 3,180 1.16 1.71 $34.18 $71,090
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 2,730 0.95 1.40 $43.88 $91,260
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,460 1.00 1.47 $56.21 $116,910
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 2,420 1.23 1.81 $44.66 $92,890
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 2,330 0.83 1.23 $43.75 $91,000




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)
California-Lexington Park, MD 730 15.38 22.66 $51.93 $108,020
Bloomington, IL 410 4.59 6.76 $50.35 $104,730
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 8,380 2.64 3.88 $51.61 $107,360
Richmond, VA 1,540 2.34 3.45 $43.48 $90,430
Huntsville, AL 460 1.97 2.90 $46.14 $95,960
Salt Lake City, UT 1,310 1.79 2.64 $34.92 $72,640
Charleston, WV 190 1.74 2.56 $23.23 $48,320
Dayton, OH 630 1.66 2.44 $43.58 $90,660
Las Cruces, NM 110 1.58 2.33 $44.56 $92,680
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 1,770 1.42 2.10 $44.42 $92,390