Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
3,030 6.2 % $49.67 $103,310 2.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $26.54 $34.70 $49.25 $61.82 $74.75
Annual Wage (2) $55,200 $72,170 $102,440 $128,590 $155,480


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) 970 0.05 $51.75 $107,630
Scientific Research and Development Services 500 0.08 $59.83 $124,450
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 460 0.02 $37.74 $78,500
Management of Companies and Enterprises 410 0.02 (8) (8)
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 200 0.02 $44.06 $91,640

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 500 0.08 $59.83 $124,450
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 970 0.05 $51.75 $107,630
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 460 0.02 $37.74 $78,500
Management of Companies and Enterprises 410 0.02 (8) (8)
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 200 0.02 $44.06 $91,640

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 90 0.02 $62.90 $130,830
Scientific Research and Development Services 500 0.08 $59.83 $124,450
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 80 (7) $58.50 $121,680
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 970 0.05 $51.75 $107,630
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 70 0.01 $49.45 $102,850


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 560 0.04 1.67 $47.85 $99,530
Virginia 470 0.13 5.64 $51.88 $107,900
Illinois 430 0.08 3.29 $48.31 $100,480
Maryland 300 0.12 5.20 $58.79 $122,290
New Jersey 230 0.06 2.66 $64.61 $134,400




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 470 0.13 5.64 $51.88 $107,900
Maryland 300 0.12 5.20 $58.79 $122,290
District of Columbia 70 0.11 4.66 $55.72 $115,890
Illinois 430 0.08 3.29 $48.31 $100,480
New Jersey 230 0.06 2.66 $64.61 $134,400




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 230 0.06 2.66 $64.61 $134,400
Maryland 300 0.12 5.20 $58.79 $122,290
District of Columbia 70 0.11 4.66 $55.72 $115,890
Washington 140 0.05 2.14 $54.99 $114,390
Massachusetts 90 0.03 1.26 $52.63 $109,460





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 270 0.11 4.91 $64.26 $133,660
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 240 0.07 2.88 $39.84 $82,870
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 110 0.08 3.67 $44.02 $91,550
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 100 0.07 2.92 $59.10 $122,920
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 90 0.17 7.37 $59.58 $123,930
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 70 0.04 1.85 $55.32 $115,070
Baltimore-Towson, MD 70 0.05 2.26 $47.40 $98,590
Dayton, OH 30 0.09 4.03 $46.90 $97,550
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 30 0.03 1.50 $51.00 $106,080




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 0.17 7.37 $59.58 $123,930
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 270 0.11 4.91 $64.26 $133,660
Dayton, OH 30 0.09 4.03 $46.90 $97,550
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 110 0.08 3.67 $44.02 $91,550
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 100 0.07 2.92 $59.10 $122,920
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 240 0.07 2.88 $39.84 $82,870
Baltimore-Towson, MD 70 0.05 2.26 $47.40 $98,590
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 70 0.04 1.85 $55.32 $115,070
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 30 0.03 1.50 $51.00 $106,080




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 270 0.11 4.91 $64.26 $133,660
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 90 0.17 7.37 $59.58 $123,930
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 100 0.07 2.92 $59.10 $122,920
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 70 0.04 1.85 $55.32 $115,070
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $54.07 $112,460
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 30 0.03 1.50 $51.00 $106,080
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $49.96 $103,920
Baltimore-Towson, MD 70 0.05 2.26 $47.40 $98,590
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC (8) (8) (8) $46.95 $97,660
Dayton, OH 30 0.09 4.03 $46.90 $97,550

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)
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 280 5.97 261.34 $48.42 $100,720

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)
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 280 5.97 261.34 $48.42 $100,720

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 280 5.97 261.34 $48.42 $100,720


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014

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