Mathematician Salary

The average Mathematician in the United States earns approximately $77K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Mathematicians. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Mathematicians who answered the questionnnaire. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$49,410 - $133,162

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$13.75 - $72.50

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Salary
$49,410 - $133,162  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,152  
Profit Sharing
$750 - $4,750  
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$45,976 - $135,490  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 159
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Hourly Rate
$13.75 - $72.50  
   
Overtime
$36.80 - $53.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,152  
   
Profit Sharing
$750 - $4,750  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$45,976 - $135,490  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 14
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Job Description for Mathematician

The career of a mathematician centers on performing advanced mathematical equations (often with computers and using complex software) to theorize and understand mathematical principles and, in turn, solve real-world problems. A common misconception about mathematicians is that they work only with integers; however, they also work with more abstract structures such as rings in the algebraic number theory. Applying theories to shapes and geometry is just one example of a particular skill that makes one far more effective in this field.

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Mathematician Tasks

  • Perform computations and numerical analyses of data.
  • Apply mathematical theories to practical problems in a variety of settings and fields.
  • Design and development computational methods for solving problems in science, engineering, or other industries.
  • Conduct mathematical research to expand the knowledge base of traditional areas of math, such as algebra, geometry, and logic.
  • Act as the lead advisor or expert in the application of mathematical analysis to resolve scientific or engineering issues.

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Popular Skills for Mathematician


Mathematicians who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Fortunate workers who know R can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 34 percent above average. Those listing C++ as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. The majority of those who know Matlab also know R.

Pay by Experience Level for Mathematician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Mathematicians, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $63K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $84K. Mathematicians see a median salary of $98K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Mathematicians who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $130K.

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Experience Affects Mathematician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 67%

Experienced
up arrow 25%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$78,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Mathematician Salaries

R
up arrow 34%

National Average
$78,000

Matlab
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

C++
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 6%
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