Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
2,980 6.3 % $48.71 $101,320 2.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $26.77 $34.12 $48.58 $59.02 $73.15
Annual Wage (2) $55,680 $70,960 $101,040 $122,760 $152,140


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) 1,020 0.05 $50.97 $106,020
Scientific Research and Development Services 750 0.12 $56.72 $117,970
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 490 0.02 $36.42 $75,760
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 380 0.04 $47.76 $99,350
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 170 0.01 $40.47 $84,190

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 750 0.12 $56.72 $117,970
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,020 0.05 $50.97 $106,020
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 380 0.04 $47.76 $99,350
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 490 0.02 $36.42 $75,760
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 170 0.01 $40.47 $84,190

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 750 0.12 $56.72 $117,970
Computer Systems Design and Related Services (8) (8) $54.77 $113,930
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,020 0.05 $50.97 $106,020
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 380 0.04 $47.76 $99,350
Insurance Carriers 40 (7) $45.73 $95,110


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 650 0.05 1.99 $47.37 $98,530
Virginia 550 0.15 6.64 $50.53 $105,100
Maryland 330 0.13 5.64 $58.47 $121,620
New Jersey 260 0.07 2.93 $60.33 $125,490
Alabama 110 0.06 2.64 $33.26 $69,180




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 550 0.15 6.64 $50.53 $105,100
Maryland 330 0.13 5.64 $58.47 $121,620
District of Columbia 60 0.10 4.20 $56.54 $117,600
New Jersey 260 0.07 2.93 $60.33 $125,490
Alabama 110 0.06 2.64 $33.26 $69,180




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 260 0.07 2.93 $60.33 $125,490
Maryland 330 0.13 5.64 $58.47 $121,620
District of Columbia 60 0.10 4.20 $56.54 $117,600
Illinois 70 0.01 0.55 $54.97 $114,330
Massachusetts 100 0.03 1.37 $54.00 $112,320





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 310 0.13 5.81 $63.98 $133,080
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 160 0.04 1.80 $47.96 $99,760
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 110 0.20 8.78 $58.92 $122,550
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 90 0.07 3.21 $45.73 $95,120
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 80 0.05 2.13 $58.05 $120,750
Baltimore-Towson, MD 70 0.05 2.34 $45.88 $95,430
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 40 0.01 0.44 $73.06 $151,960
Ann Arbor, MI 40 0.19 8.19 $45.97 $95,620
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 40 0.03 1.13 $44.26 $92,070
Dayton, OH 30 0.09 3.77 $47.42 $98,630




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)
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 110 0.20 8.78 $58.92 $122,550
Ann Arbor, MI 40 0.19 8.19 $45.97 $95,620
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 310 0.13 5.81 $63.98 $133,080
Dayton, OH 30 0.09 3.77 $47.42 $98,630
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 90 0.07 3.21 $45.73 $95,120
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 80 0.05 2.13 $58.05 $120,750
Baltimore-Towson, MD 70 0.05 2.34 $45.88 $95,430
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 160 0.04 1.80 $47.96 $99,760
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 40 0.03 1.13 $44.26 $92,070
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 40 0.01 0.44 $73.06 $151,960




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)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 40 0.01 0.44 $73.06 $151,960
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 310 0.13 5.81 $63.98 $133,080
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 110 0.20 8.78 $58.92 $122,550
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 80 0.05 2.13 $58.05 $120,750
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $54.29 $112,910
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $50.64 $105,330
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 160 0.04 1.80 $47.96 $99,760
Dayton, OH 30 0.09 3.77 $47.42 $98,630
Ann Arbor, MI 40 0.19 8.19 $45.97 $95,620
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC (8) (8) (8) $45.95 $95,580


About May 2011 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 mean 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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2011 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 27, 2012

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