Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
2,830 5.2 % $48.20 $100,260 2.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $25.41 $33.83 $47.78 $57.98 $73.85
Annual Wage (2) $52,850 $70,370 $99,380 $120,590 $153,620


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) 1,020 0.05 $51.42 $106,950
Scientific Research and Development Services 790 0.13 $55.20 $114,820
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 390 0.01 $35.02 $72,840
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 230 0.02 $46.84 $97,430
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 190 0.02 $40.24 $83,690

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 790 0.13 $55.20 $114,820
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,020 0.05 $51.42 $106,950
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 230 0.02 $46.84 $97,430
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 190 0.02 $40.24 $83,690
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 390 0.01 $35.02 $72,840

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 790 0.13 $55.20 $114,820
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,020 0.05 $51.42 $106,950
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 230 0.02 $46.84 $97,430
Insurance Carriers 70 0.01 $43.43 $90,340
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 190 0.02 $40.24 $83,690


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 500 0.04 1.62 $49.06 $102,040
Virginia 480 0.14 6.12 $51.46 $107,030
Maryland 390 0.16 7.20 $58.39 $121,440
New Jersey 240 0.06 2.79 $57.52 $119,640
Alabama 130 0.07 3.33 $33.87 $70,440




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)
Maryland 390 0.16 7.20 $58.39 $121,440
Virginia 480 0.14 6.12 $51.46 $107,030
District of Columbia 50 0.09 3.82 $55.81 $116,090
Alabama 130 0.07 3.33 $33.87 $70,440
New Jersey 240 0.06 2.79 $57.52 $119,640




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland 390 0.16 7.20 $58.39 $121,440
New Jersey 240 0.06 2.79 $57.52 $119,640
District of Columbia 50 0.09 3.82 $55.81 $116,090
Illinois 80 0.02 0.68 $52.64 $109,500
Virginia 480 0.14 6.12 $51.46 $107,030

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 340 0.15 6.70 $63.59 $132,260
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 140 0.04 1.66 $46.95 $97,650
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 130 0.24 10.75 $58.84 $122,390
Huntsville, AL 110 0.52 23.57 $34.50 $71,750
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 90 0.07 3.19 $51.92 $108,000
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 90 0.09 4.09 $52.82 $109,870
Baltimore-Towson, MD 90 0.07 3.19 $46.27 $96,240
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 80 0.05 2.20 $42.03 $87,420
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 80 0.08 3.60 $47.32 $98,430
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 50 0.02 0.68 $60.81 $126,480




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)
Huntsville, AL 110 0.52 23.57 $34.50 $71,750
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 130 0.24 10.75 $58.84 $122,390
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 340 0.15 6.70 $63.59 $132,260
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 90 0.09 4.09 $52.82 $109,870
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 80 0.08 3.60 $47.32 $98,430
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 90 0.07 3.19 $51.92 $108,000
Baltimore-Towson, MD 90 0.07 3.19 $46.27 $96,240
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 80 0.05 2.20 $42.03 $87,420
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 140 0.04 1.66 $46.95 $97,650
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 50 0.02 0.68 $60.81 $126,480




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)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (8) (8) (8) $66.52 $138,360
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 340 0.15 6.70 $63.59 $132,260
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 50 0.02 0.68 $60.81 $126,480
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 130 0.24 10.75 $58.84 $122,390
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 90 0.09 4.09 $52.82 $109,870
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 90 0.07 3.19 $51.92 $108,000
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 80 0.08 3.60 $47.32 $98,430
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 140 0.04 1.66 $46.95 $97,650
Baltimore-Towson, MD 90 0.07 3.19 $46.27 $96,240
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 80 0.05 2.20 $42.03 $87,420


About May 2010 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 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2010 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011