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

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 Mathematicians
Industry profile for Mathematicians
Geographic profile for Mathematicians

National estimates for Mathematicians: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Mathematicians:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
2,460 7.9 % $ 54.10 $ 112,530 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for Mathematicians:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 29.39 $ 38.12 $ 53.30 $ 64.75 $ 81.80
Annual Wage (2) $ 61,130 $ 79,280 $ 110,860 $ 134,680 $ 170,150


Industry profile for Mathematicians: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Mathematicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 1,130 0.05 $ 55.69 $ 115,830
Scientific Research and Development Services 470 0.06 $ 62.98 $ 131,010
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 390 0.01 $ 34.83 $ 72,440
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 130 0.01 $ 53.02 $ 110,270
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 70 0.00 $ 55.38 $ 115,190

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Mathematicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 470 0.06 $ 62.98 $ 131,010
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 1,130 0.05 $ 55.69 $ 115,830
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 40 0.01 $ 44.86 $ 93,310
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 130 0.01 $ 53.02 $ 110,270
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 390 0.01 $ 34.83 $ 72,440

Top paying industries for Mathematicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 470 0.06 $ 62.98 $ 131,010
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 1,130 0.05 $ 55.69 $ 115,830
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 70 (7) $ 55.38 $ 115,190
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 130 0.01 $ 53.02 $ 110,270
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 40 0.01 $ 44.86 $ 93,310


Geographic profile for Mathematicians: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in Mathematicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Virginia 410 0.11 6.32 $ 58.82 $ 122,340
California 410 0.02 1.40 $ 56.34 $ 117,180
New Jersey 190 0.05 2.88 $ 60.52 $ 125,880
Maryland 180 0.07 4.07 $ 57.28 $ 119,140
Texas 130 0.01 0.60 $ 32.15 $ 66,860




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Mathematicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Virginia 410 0.11 6.32 $ 58.82 $ 122,340
District of Columbia 60 0.08 4.68 $ 66.33 $ 137,960
New Mexico 60 0.07 4.09 $ 62.15 $ 129,270
Maryland 180 0.07 4.07 $ 57.28 $ 119,140
New Jersey 190 0.05 2.88 $ 60.52 $ 125,880




Top paying states for Mathematicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 60 0.08 4.68 $ 66.33 $ 137,960
Washington 110 0.03 1.86 $ 62.93 $ 130,890
New Mexico 60 0.07 4.09 $ 62.15 $ 129,270
New Jersey 190 0.05 2.88 $ 60.52 $ 125,880
Virginia 410 0.11 6.32 $ 58.82 $ 122,340





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Mathematicians:

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 230 0.08 4.33 $ 66.43 $ 138,160
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 170 0.02 1.11 $ 58.96 $ 122,630
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 80 0.01 0.82 $ 58.16 $ 120,970
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 60 0.04 2.50 $ 59.61 $ 123,990
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 50 0.02 1.11 $ 65.38 $ 135,980
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 40 0.03 1.59 $ 49.35 $ 102,640
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 30 0.03 1.49 $ 50.04 $ 104,090




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Mathematicians:

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 230 0.08 4.33 $ 66.43 $ 138,160
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 60 0.04 2.50 $ 59.61 $ 123,990
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 40 0.03 1.59 $ 49.35 $ 102,640
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 30 0.03 1.49 $ 50.04 $ 104,090
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 50 0.02 1.11 $ 65.38 $ 135,980
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 170 0.02 1.11 $ 58.96 $ 122,630
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 80 0.01 0.82 $ 58.16 $ 120,970




Top paying metropolitan areas for Mathematicians:

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 230 0.08 4.33 $ 66.43 $ 138,160
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 50 0.02 1.11 $ 65.38 $ 135,980
Trenton, NJ (8) (8) (8) $ 63.26 $ 131,570
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 60 0.04 2.50 $ 59.61 $ 123,990
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 170 0.02 1.11 $ 58.96 $ 122,630
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 80 0.01 0.82 $ 58.16 $ 120,970
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 30 0.03 1.49 $ 50.04 $ 104,090
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 40 0.03 1.59 $ 49.35 $ 102,640


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.

(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 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