Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
86,950 2.4 % $39.88 $82,940 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.58 $27.02 $36.86 $49.25 $63.57
Annual Wage (2) $42,810 $56,190 $76,660 $102,450 $132,220


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 9,370 0.53 $41.94 $87,240
Management of Companies and Enterprises 8,240 0.37 $40.34 $83,910
Insurance Carriers 7,300 0.63 $36.72 $76,370
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 6,860 0.56 $43.23 $89,920
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,660 0.24 $52.86 $109,960

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 150 0.89 $43.71 $90,910
Insurance Carriers 7,300 0.63 $36.72 $76,370
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 6,860 0.56 $43.23 $89,920
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 2,770 0.56 $40.96 $85,200
Nondepository Credit Intermediation 3,180 0.54 $36.07 $75,020

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 390 0.41 $60.28 $125,390
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,660 0.24 $52.86 $109,960
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing (8) (8) $51.55 $107,230
Legal Services 30 (7) $49.95 $103,900
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 2,020 0.46 $49.71 $103,410


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 10,790 0.71 1.11 $46.30 $96,290
Texas 7,020 0.63 0.97 $36.46 $75,840
Florida 6,050 0.79 1.23 $28.71 $59,720
Illinois 5,590 0.97 1.51 $41.51 $86,350
Virginia 5,500 1.51 2.34 $50.17 $104,350



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 1,340 1.99 3.09 $50.96 $105,990
Virginia 5,500 1.51 2.34 $50.17 $104,350
Delaware 550 1.30 2.02 $39.65 $82,460
Maryland 3,090 1.21 1.88 $44.32 $92,190
Arizona 3,020 1.19 1.86 $33.61 $69,910



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 2,140 0.55 0.86 $52.84 $109,910
District of Columbia 1,340 1.99 3.09 $50.96 $105,990
Virginia 5,500 1.51 2.34 $50.17 $104,350
New York 5,230 0.59 0.92 $48.33 $100,520
California 10,790 0.71 1.11 $46.30 $96,290




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 5,510 2.32 3.60 $52.17 $108,510
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,700 0.87 1.35 $56.05 $116,570
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 4,120 1.10 1.70 $40.17 $83,540
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,740 2.82 4.38 $57.47 $119,530
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 2,730 1.50 2.33 $33.21 $69,070
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,480 1.11 1.72 $35.95 $74,770
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 2,440 1.36 2.12 $36.87 $76,700
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,900 1.27 1.97 $43.28 $90,010
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,840 0.45 0.71 $40.40 $84,020
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,710 0.94 1.46 $43.43 $90,330



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 600 3.78 5.88 $23.17 $48,190
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,740 2.82 4.38 $57.47 $119,530
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 210 2.75 4.27 $42.33 $88,050
Bloomington-Normal, IL 220 2.60 4.04 $40.87 $85,000
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 5,510 2.32 3.60 $52.17 $108,510
Portsmouth, NH-ME 130 2.19 3.40 (8) (8)
Huntsville, AL 450 2.15 3.35 $48.29 $100,440
Baton Rouge, LA 780 2.04 3.16 $22.51 $46,820
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 950 1.67 2.60 $41.19 $85,670
Fairbanks, AK 60 1.64 2.55 $27.19 $56,550



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 2,740 2.82 4.38 $57.47 $119,530
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,700 0.87 1.35 $56.05 $116,570
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 980 0.74 1.16 $54.60 $113,570
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 150 0.66 1.03 $52.73 $109,670
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 5,510 2.32 3.60 $52.17 $108,510
Norwich-New London, CT-RI 80 0.60 0.94 $52.12 $108,420
Springfield, MA-CT 200 0.67 1.04 $50.60 $105,250
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 50 0.41 0.64 $50.10 $104,210
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,110 1.02 1.59 $50.01 $104,030
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 100 0.35 0.54 $48.96 $101,830

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 330 7.70 11.96 $48.59 $101,060
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 130 0.77 1.20 $34.39 $71,530
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 90 0.51 0.80 $22.27 $46,320
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 70 0.33 0.52 $36.70 $76,340
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 70 0.36 0.56 $36.66 $76,250

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 330 7.70 11.96 $48.59 $101,060
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 130 0.77 1.20 $34.39 $71,530
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 30 0.64 0.99 (8) (8)
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 90 0.51 0.80 $22.27 $46,320
South Florida nonmetropolitan area 50 0.51 0.79 $24.33 $50,600

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 330 7.70 11.96 $48.59 $101,060
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.18 0.27 $44.22 $91,980
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 30 0.24 0.37 $38.10 $79,240
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 70 0.33 0.52 $36.70 $76,340
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 70 0.36 0.56 $36.66 $76,250


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.

(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 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