Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

15-2031 Operations Research Analysts

Formulate and apply mathematical modeling and other optimizing methods to develop and interpret information that assists management with decision making, policy formulation, or other managerial functions. May collect and analyze data and develop decision support software, service, or products. May develop and supply optimal time, cost, or logistics networks for program evaluation, review, or implementation.


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)
69,180 1.8 % $38.38 $79,830 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.50 $25.54 $34.66 $46.72 $62.26
Annual Wage (2) $40,550 $53,120 $72,100 $97,170 $129,490


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)
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 7,580 0.47 $39.78 $82,740
Management of Companies and Enterprises 5,530 0.28 $37.23 $77,430
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 5,230 0.48 $42.51 $88,430
Insurance Carriers 4,930 0.43 $34.77 $72,330
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,540 0.22 $51.97 $108,090

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 220 1.34 $40.10 $83,410
Other Telecommunications 540 0.51 $41.85 $87,060
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 5,230 0.48 $42.51 $88,430
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 7,580 0.47 $39.78 $82,740
Activities Related to Credit Intermediation 1,250 0.47 $33.45 $69,590

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 2,020 0.45 $56.67 $117,880
Other Financial Investment Activities 1,430 0.40 $55.49 $115,410
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,540 0.22 $51.97 $108,090
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 600 0.10 $47.59 $98,990
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing 80 0.22 $47.05 $97,860


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 7,300 0.51 0.96 $42.15 $87,670
Florida 6,460 0.89 1.67 $27.02 $56,190
Texas 5,400 0.51 0.96 $36.13 $75,150
New York 5,150 0.60 1.13 $53.64 $111,570
Virginia 4,640 1.29 2.43 $46.90 $97,560




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)
District of Columbia 1,870 2.86 5.40 $47.44 $98,670
Virginia 4,640 1.29 2.43 $46.90 $97,560
Maryland 2,810 1.12 2.11 $42.28 $87,950
Delaware 400 1.00 1.88 $37.15 $77,260
Florida 6,460 0.89 1.67 $27.02 $56,190




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 5,150 0.60 1.13 $53.64 $111,570
New Jersey 1,300 0.34 0.65 $49.81 $103,600
District of Columbia 1,870 2.86 5.40 $47.44 $98,670
Virginia 4,640 1.29 2.43 $46.90 $97,560
Alabama 730 0.40 0.75 $42.61 $88,620





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 5,460 2.33 4.39 $48.70 $101,290
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,100 0.79 1.50 $62.80 $130,620
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 2,170 1.27 2.39 $34.03 $70,780
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,760 1.25 2.35 $41.19 $85,670
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,710 0.82 1.54 $33.93 $70,580
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,410 0.81 1.52 $42.15 $87,680
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,390 0.53 0.99 $38.22 $79,500
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,380 0.61 1.15 $38.41 $79,880
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,360 0.35 0.66 $40.99 $85,260
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,330 0.77 1.44 $32.92 $68,470




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)
Tallahassee, FL 590 3.76 7.09 $21.90 $45,560
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 210 2.92 5.50 $40.69 $84,630
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 5,460 2.33 4.39 $48.70 $101,290
Huntsville, AL 420 2.05 3.86 $47.09 $97,950
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 510 1.66 3.13 $32.34 $67,260
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 1,240 1.52 2.86 $33.43 $69,530
Jacksonville, FL 820 1.41 2.65 $25.27 $52,570
Cedar Rapids, IA 200 1.41 2.66 $33.42 $69,510
Columbus, OH 1,260 1.38 2.59 $31.24 $64,980
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 770 1.37 2.58 $36.99 $76,940




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)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,100 0.79 1.50 $62.80 $130,620
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 870 0.69 1.29 $53.96 $112,230
Salinas, CA (8) (8) (8) $49.87 $103,730
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 40 0.23 0.44 $49.29 $102,510
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 5,460 2.33 4.39 $48.70 $101,290
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY (8) (8) (8) $48.66 $101,210
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 90 0.34 0.64 $48.65 $101,190
Colorado Springs, CO 300 1.22 2.30 $48.05 $99,950
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 850 0.85 1.61 $47.65 $99,100
Huntsville, AL 420 2.05 3.86 $47.09 $97,950

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 270 6.18 11.64 $49.96 $103,920
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 130 2.75 5.19 $53.13 $110,510
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 80 0.56 1.06 $24.27 $50,490
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 70 0.50 0.93 $38.97 $81,070
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 70 0.29 0.55 (8) (8)

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 270 6.18 11.64 $49.96 $103,920
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 130 2.75 5.19 $53.13 $110,510
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 30 0.70 1.31 (8) (8)
Northwest Florida nonmetropolitan area 30 0.60 1.13 $24.22 $50,370
South Florida nonmetropolitan area 60 0.58 1.09 $26.97 $56,090

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 130 2.75 5.19 $53.13 $110,510
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 270 6.18 11.64 $49.96 $103,920
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.31 0.58 $43.67 $90,840
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 70 0.50 0.93 $38.97 $81,070
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 30 0.14 0.27 $35.57 $73,980


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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