Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
2,730 5.1 % $50.77 $105,600 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $26.39 $34.83 $50.87 $62.37 $77.07
Annual Wage (2) $54,890 $72,440 $105,810 $129,730 $160,310


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) 1,000 0.05 $52.81 $109,850
Scientific Research and Development Services 530 0.08 $58.51 $121,700
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 390 0.01 $27.69 $57,590
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 200 0.01 $59.04 $122,810
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 100 0.01 $59.13 $122,980

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 530 0.08 $58.51 $121,700
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,000 0.05 $52.81 $109,850
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 390 0.01 $27.69 $57,590
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 200 0.01 $59.04 $122,810
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 100 0.01 $59.13 $122,980

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 100 0.01 $59.13 $122,980
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 200 0.01 $59.04 $122,810
Scientific Research and Development Services 530 0.08 $58.51 $121,700
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,000 0.05 $52.81 $109,850
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 40 (7) $49.63 $103,230


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 720 0.04 2.31 $52.74 $109,690
Virginia 470 0.12 6.40 $55.63 $115,700
Maryland 160 0.06 3.17 $57.66 $119,940
Illinois 140 0.02 1.22 $49.53 $103,010
Texas 130 0.01 0.58 $37.17 $77,320




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 60 0.13 6.44 $44.37 $92,290
Virginia 470 0.12 6.40 $55.63 $115,700
District of Columbia 70 0.10 4.94 $60.94 $126,750
New Mexico 60 0.07 3.85 $50.77 $105,600
Maryland 160 0.06 3.17 $57.66 $119,940




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 70 0.02 0.97 $62.73 $130,470
District of Columbia 70 0.10 4.94 $60.94 $126,750
Maryland 160 0.06 3.17 $57.66 $119,940
Virginia 470 0.12 6.40 $55.63 $115,700
California 720 0.04 2.31 $52.74 $109,690





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 Metropolitan Division 210 0.09 4.38 $64.52 $134,190
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 180 0.13 6.54 $63.70 $132,500
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 120 0.11 5.86 $55.79 $116,040
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 120 0.03 1.45 $45.42 $94,470
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 80 0.14 7.15 $63.98 $133,090
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 60 0.11 5.42 $44.37 $92,290
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 60 0.03 1.69 (8) (8)
Albuquerque, NM 40 0.12 5.99 (8) (8)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 40 0.01 0.75 $20.31 $42,250
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 40 0.03 1.63 $49.21 $102,360




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)
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 80 0.14 7.15 $63.98 $133,090
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 180 0.13 6.54 $63.70 $132,500
Albuquerque, NM 40 0.12 5.99 (8) (8)
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 60 0.11 5.42 $44.37 $92,290
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 120 0.11 5.86 $55.79 $116,040
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 210 0.09 4.38 $64.52 $134,190
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 40 0.04 2.06 $34.14 $71,020
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 60 0.03 1.69 (8) (8)
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 30 0.03 1.63 (8) (8)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 120 0.03 1.45 $45.42 $94,470




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 Metropolitan Division 210 0.09 4.38 $64.52 $134,190
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 80 0.14 7.15 $63.98 $133,090
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 180 0.13 6.54 $63.70 $132,500
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 120 0.11 5.86 $55.79 $116,040
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (8) (8) (8) $52.99 $110,210
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $49.71 $103,410
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 40 0.03 1.63 $49.21 $102,360
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 120 0.03 1.45 $45.42 $94,470
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 60 0.11 5.42 $44.37 $92,290
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 40 0.04 2.06 $34.14 $71,020


About May 2016 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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017