Mathematician Salary

Mathematicians in the United States pull down an average of $77K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Male Mathematicians are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Work is enjoyable for Mathematicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$49,809 - $133,162
(Median)
$50K
$77K
$130K
MEDIAN: $76,503
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90%

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$14.72 - $83.84
(Median)
$15
$25
$84
MEDIAN: $25.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,809 - $133,162  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,213  
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $6,000  
Total Pay (?
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$48,137 - $135,910  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 159
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$14.72 - $83.84  
   
Overtime
$36.80 - $53.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,213  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $6,000  
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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$48,137 - $135,910  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 11

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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 report a narrow range of specific skills. 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. Those proficient in Matlab are, more often than not, also skilled in R.

Pay by Experience Level for Mathematician

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Mathematicians. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $64K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $84K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Mathematicians make a median salary of $98K. Professionals who have racked up more than two decades of experience enjoy comfortable salaries; at this stage, median wages are a cushy $135K.

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Experience Affects Mathematician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 73%

Experienced
up arrow 25%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$78,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Skills That Affect Mathematician Salaries

R
up arrow 34%

Matlab
0%

National Average
$78,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

C++
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 6%