Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
3,130 6.7 % $50.17 $104,350 1.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $26.36 $35.65 $49.86 $61.49 $75.53
Annual Wage (2) $54,830 $74,150 $103,720 $127,900 $157,090


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) 960 0.05 $52.19 $108,550
Scientific Research and Development Services 570 0.09 $57.61 $119,830
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 360 0.01 $34.56 $71,880
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 190 0.02 $44.63 $92,840
Insurance Carriers 150 0.01 $41.93 $87,220

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 570 0.09 $57.61 $119,830
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 960 0.05 $52.19 $108,550
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 190 0.02 $44.63 $92,840
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 360 0.01 $34.56 $71,880
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 90 0.01 $54.40 $113,160

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer Systems Design and Related Services (8) (8) $59.65 $124,070
Scientific Research and Development Services 570 0.09 $57.61 $119,830
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 90 0.01 $54.40 $113,160
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 960 0.05 $52.19 $108,550
Management of Companies and Enterprises (8) (8) $50.42 $104,880


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 570 0.04 1.62 $47.24 $98,250
Illinois 500 0.09 3.76 $50.07 $104,140
Virginia 390 0.11 4.64 $54.16 $112,660
Maryland 310 0.12 5.17 $60.30 $125,430
New Jersey 200 0.05 2.23 $65.51 $136,250




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 90 0.13 5.52 $56.62 $117,770
Maryland 310 0.12 5.17 $60.30 $125,430
Virginia 390 0.11 4.64 $54.16 $112,660
Nebraska 90 0.09 4.00 (8) (8)
Illinois 500 0.09 3.76 $50.07 $104,140




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 200 0.05 2.23 $65.51 $136,250
Maryland 310 0.12 5.17 $60.30 $125,430
District of Columbia 90 0.13 5.52 $56.62 $117,770
Virginia 390 0.11 4.64 $54.16 $112,660
Illinois 500 0.09 3.76 $50.07 $104,140





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)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 320 0.09 3.72 (8) (8)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 300 0.13 5.47 $64.49 $134,150
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 140 0.03 1.49 $50.95 $105,980
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 110 0.08 3.49 $46.27 $96,240
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 100 0.17 7.55 $61.90 $128,760
Baltimore-Towson, MD 60 0.05 1.96 $46.73 $97,200
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA 40 0.06 2.75 (8) (8)




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 100 0.17 7.55 $61.90 $128,760
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 300 0.13 5.47 $64.49 $134,150
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 320 0.09 3.72 (8) (8)
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 110 0.08 3.49 $46.27 $96,240
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA 40 0.06 2.75 (8) (8)
Baltimore-Towson, MD 60 0.05 1.96 $46.73 $97,200
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 140 0.03 1.49 $50.95 $105,980




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 300 0.13 5.47 $64.49 $134,150
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 100 0.17 7.55 $61.90 $128,760
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $55.36 $115,160
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 140 0.03 1.49 $50.95 $105,980
Baltimore-Towson, MD 60 0.05 1.96 $46.73 $97,200
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 110 0.08 3.49 $46.27 $96,240
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $33.34 $69,340

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 270 5.74 248.20 $49.69 $103,360

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 270 5.74 248.20 $49.69 $103,360

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 270 5.74 248.20 $49.69 $103,360


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015