Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
72,680 2.1 % $39.26 $81,660 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.23 $26.50 $35.88 $47.70 $62.60
Annual Wage (2) $42,070 $55,110 $74,630 $99,210 $130,210


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 7,540 0.45 $41.57 $86,460
Management of Companies and Enterprises 6,460 0.30 $37.40 $77,800
Insurance Carriers 6,250 0.53 $35.76 $74,370
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 5,130 0.44 $43.28 $90,020
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,620 0.23 $52.14 $108,460

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 260 1.51 $40.67 $84,600
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 2,720 0.54 $40.37 $83,980
Insurance Carriers 6,250 0.53 $35.76 $74,370
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 2,150 0.49 $56.43 $117,380
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 1,200 0.46 $32.30 $67,170

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 2,150 0.49 $56.43 $117,380
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 390 0.06 $56.39 $117,300
Other Financial Investment Activities 1,560 0.39 $53.76 $111,830
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,620 0.23 $52.14 $108,460
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 670 0.23 $50.32 $104,670


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 7,230 0.49 0.90 $44.84 $93,270
Florida 6,260 0.84 1.53 $27.92 $58,070
Texas 5,830 0.53 0.97 $36.95 $76,860
New York 4,850 0.56 1.03 $52.10 $108,360
Virginia 4,760 1.31 2.39 $47.96 $99,760




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 1,440 2.17 3.96 $49.46 $102,880
Virginia 4,760 1.31 2.39 $47.96 $99,760
Maryland 3,210 1.26 2.31 $43.21 $89,870
Delaware 410 0.99 1.81 $35.59 $74,020
Massachusetts 2,740 0.84 1.53 $36.01 $74,890




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 1,520 0.40 0.73 $54.60 $113,570
New York 4,850 0.56 1.03 $52.10 $108,360
District of Columbia 1,440 2.17 3.96 $49.46 $102,880
Virginia 4,760 1.31 2.39 $47.96 $99,760
Connecticut 950 0.58 1.06 $45.60 $94,840





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 5,160 2.18 3.98 $50.10 $104,200
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,240 0.81 1.48 $60.11 $125,020
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 2,210 1.26 2.30 $34.10 $70,930
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,910 0.52 0.94 $38.30 $79,660
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,910 0.89 1.62 $35.69 $74,230
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,760 1.21 2.21 $41.46 $86,230
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,610 0.70 1.27 $35.52 $73,880
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,550 0.87 1.59 $32.96 $68,560
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,460 0.37 0.67 $42.70 $88,820
Baltimore-Towson, MD 1,430 1.12 2.04 $44.06 $91,640




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 500 3.18 5.81 $23.04 $47,910
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 200 2.65 4.84 $41.48 $86,270
Huntsville, AL 490 2.33 4.26 $46.75 $97,250
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 5,160 2.18 3.98 $50.10 $104,200
Olympia, WA 190 1.94 3.54 $28.58 $59,450
Fairbanks, AK 60 1.72 3.14 $26.94 $56,040
Jacksonville, FL 930 1.59 2.90 $26.88 $55,900
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 890 1.59 2.90 $40.21 $83,630
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 480 1.57 2.87 $33.30 $69,270
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 430 1.45 2.65 $32.48 $67,560




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 4,240 0.81 1.48 $60.11 $125,020
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,010 1.09 1.98 $56.34 $117,180
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 870 0.67 1.23 $55.28 $114,980
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 120 0.56 1.02 $53.53 $111,350
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 80 0.29 0.53 $52.23 $108,640
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 50 0.34 0.63 $51.17 $106,440
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 30 0.20 0.36 $50.81 $105,690
Springfield, MA-CT 170 0.58 1.06 $50.28 $104,570
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 5,160 2.18 3.98 $50.10 $104,200
Norwich-New London, CT-RI 50 0.42 0.77 $49.86 $103,720

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 310 7.18 13.10 $48.95 $101,820
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 130 0.77 1.40 $27.98 $58,200
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 80 0.43 0.78 $34.05 $70,820
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 80 0.50 0.91 $36.56 $76,050
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 60 0.44 0.80 $25.03 $52,060

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 310 7.18 13.10 $48.95 $101,820
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 130 0.77 1.40 $27.98 $58,200
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 80 0.50 0.91 $36.56 $76,050
South Florida nonmetropolitan area 50 0.48 0.87 $23.82 $49,540
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.46 0.84 $24.01 $49,940

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)
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 310 7.18 13.10 $48.95 $101,820
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 80 0.50 0.91 $36.56 $76,050
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.12 0.22 $36.26 $75,420
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 80 0.43 0.78 $34.05 $70,820
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.18 0.32 $30.36 $63,150


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.

(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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