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Mathematician Salary

For Mathematicians, annual average wages total $77K per year. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Most Mathematicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Making up 74 percent of those who took the survey, male Mathematicians greatly outnumber their female counterparts. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$49,369 - $134,231
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77K
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MEDIAN: $77,054
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$14.72 - $60.07
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,369 - $134,231  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,191  
Profit Sharing
$983 - $6,104  
Total Pay (?
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$45,708 - $135,900  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 148
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.72 - $60.07  
   
Overtime
$36.67 - $53.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,191  
   
Profit Sharing
$983 - $6,104  
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).
)
$45,708 - $135,900  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | 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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Professional skills reported by Mathematicians are few in number. Those who have experience with Microsoft Office, Matlab, and C++ can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Those listing C++ as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Matlab and Microsoft Office also typically command lower compensation. Microsoft Office is a skill commonly found among those who know Matlab.

Pay by Experience Level for Mathematician

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


Mathematicians generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $65K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $84K. On average, Mathematicians make $98K following one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $110K.

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Experience Affects Mathematician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 40%

Experienced
up arrow 25%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$79,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Skills That Affect Mathematician Salaries

National Average
$79,000

Matlab
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 6%

C++
up arrow 23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 5%