Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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 4.8 % $50.33 $104,700 1.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $25.41 $33.90 $49.52 $62.25 $77.84
Annual Wage (2) $52,860 $70,520 $103,010 $129,480 $161,900


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 $54.23 $112,810
Scientific Research and Development Services 460 0.07 $59.66 $124,100
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 390 0.01 $29.03 $60,380
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 270 0.02 $57.86 $120,340
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 100 0.01 $51.19 $106,470

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 460 0.07 $59.66 $124,100
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,000 0.05 $54.23 $112,810
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 270 0.02 $57.86 $120,340
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 390 0.01 $29.03 $60,380
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 100 0.01 $51.19 $106,470

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 50 (7) $60.49 $125,820
Scientific Research and Development Services 460 0.07 $59.66 $124,100
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 270 0.02 $57.86 $120,340
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,000 0.05 $54.23 $112,810
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 100 0.01 $51.19 $106,470


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 660 0.04 2.07 $53.88 $112,070
Virginia 450 0.12 6.14 $56.61 $117,740
New Jersey 230 0.06 2.96 $54.94 $114,280
Maryland 170 0.06 3.36 $57.81 $120,250
Texas 140 0.01 0.59 (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 60 0.13 6.58 $43.87 $91,250
Virginia 450 0.12 6.14 $56.61 $117,740
District of Columbia 60 0.09 4.50 $62.58 $130,160
New Mexico 60 0.07 3.77 $52.88 $109,990
New Jersey 230 0.06 2.96 $54.94 $114,280




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 60 0.09 4.50 $62.58 $130,160
Maryland 170 0.06 3.36 $57.81 $120,250
Virginia 450 0.12 6.14 $56.61 $117,740
Washington (8) (8) (8) $55.00 $114,400
New Jersey 230 0.06 2.96 $54.94 $114,280



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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 170 0.07 3.44 $67.66 $140,720
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 160 0.11 5.69 $69.35 $144,240
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 110 0.10 5.32 $58.38 $121,420
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 80 0.07 3.79 $52.53 $109,270
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 80 0.05 2.42 (8) (8)
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 70 0.02 1.04 $46.47 $96,650
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 70 0.12 6.42 $65.64 $136,540
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 60 0.11 5.52 $43.87 $91,250
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.01 0.69 $34.89 $72,580
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 60 0.04 2.12 $50.37 $104,760


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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 30 0.67 34.86 $54.74 $113,870
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 70 0.12 6.42 $65.64 $136,540
Albuquerque, NM 40 0.12 6.07 $53.52 $111,330
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 60 0.11 5.52 $43.87 $91,250
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 160 0.11 5.69 $69.35 $144,240
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 110 0.10 5.32 $58.38 $121,420
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 170 0.07 3.44 $67.66 $140,720
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 80 0.07 3.79 $52.53 $109,270
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 80 0.05 2.42 (8) (8)
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 60 0.04 2.12 $50.37 $104,760


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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)
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 160 0.11 5.69 $69.35 $144,240
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 170 0.07 3.44 $67.66 $140,720
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 70 0.12 6.42 $65.64 $136,540
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 110 0.10 5.32 $58.38 $121,420
California-Lexington Park, MD 30 0.67 34.86 $54.74 $113,870
Albuquerque, NM 40 0.12 6.07 $53.52 $111,330
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 80 0.07 3.79 $52.53 $109,270
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 60 0.04 2.12 $50.37 $104,760
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 70 0.02 1.04 $46.47 $96,650
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (8) (8) (8) $44.65 $92,880


About May 2017 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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018