Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
3,250 6.9 % $48.69 $101,280 2.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $26.94 $34.08 $48.73 $59.06 $73.53
Annual Wage (2) $56,040 $70,890 $101,360 $122,840 $152,950


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) 990 0.05 $51.45 $107,020
Scientific Research and Development Services 690 0.11 $58.86 $122,440
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 510 0.02 $38.38 $79,830
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 470 0.04 $45.37 $94,380
Management of Companies and Enterprises 230 0.01 $37.08 $77,130

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 690 0.11 $58.86 $122,440
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 990 0.05 $51.45 $107,020
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 470 0.04 $45.37 $94,380
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 510 0.02 $38.38 $79,830
Management of Companies and Enterprises 230 0.01 $37.08 $77,130

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 690 0.11 $58.86 $122,440
Computer Systems Design and Related Services (8) (8) $57.75 $120,120
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 70 0.01 $52.96 $110,160
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 990 0.05 $51.45 $107,020
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 470 0.04 $45.37 $94,380


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 820 0.06 2.28 $45.05 $93,710
Virginia 560 0.15 6.18 $51.47 $107,070
New Jersey 320 0.08 3.35 $65.75 $136,760
Illinois 250 0.05 1.81 $37.80 $78,620
Washington 160 0.06 2.27 $54.35 $113,040




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 560 0.15 6.18 $51.47 $107,070
District of Columbia 60 0.09 3.51 $56.29 $117,070
New Jersey 320 0.08 3.35 $65.75 $136,760
Washington 160 0.06 2.27 $54.35 $113,040
New Mexico 40 0.06 2.24 $53.60 $111,480




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 320 0.08 3.35 $65.75 $136,760
District of Columbia 60 0.09 3.51 $56.29 $117,070
Massachusetts 100 0.03 1.24 $55.47 $115,370
Washington 160 0.06 2.27 $54.35 $113,040
New Mexico 40 0.06 2.24 $53.60 $111,480





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 280 0.12 4.70 $64.32 $133,790
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 250 0.06 2.57 $48.10 $100,050
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 100 0.07 2.82 $56.78 $118,090
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 90 0.16 6.46 $58.40 $121,480
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 90 0.07 2.75 $46.44 $96,600
Baltimore-Towson, MD 60 0.05 2.01 $47.09 $97,950
Dayton, OH 40 0.10 3.98 $47.22 $98,210
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 30 0.01 0.48 $40.91 $85,090




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 90 0.16 6.46 $58.40 $121,480
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 280 0.12 4.70 $64.32 $133,790
Dayton, OH 40 0.10 3.98 $47.22 $98,210
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 100 0.07 2.82 $56.78 $118,090
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 90 0.07 2.75 $46.44 $96,600
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 250 0.06 2.57 $48.10 $100,050
Baltimore-Towson, MD 60 0.05 2.01 $47.09 $97,950
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 30 0.01 0.48 $40.91 $85,090




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 280 0.12 4.70 $64.32 $133,790
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $60.39 $125,610
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $59.69 $124,150
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 90 0.16 6.46 $58.40 $121,480
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 100 0.07 2.82 $56.78 $118,090
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $52.83 $109,890
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 250 0.06 2.57 $48.10 $100,050
Dayton, OH 40 0.10 3.98 $47.22 $98,210
Baltimore-Towson, MD 60 0.05 2.01 $47.09 $97,950
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC (8) (8) (8) $46.95 $97,650


About May 2012 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.

(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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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