Mathematician Salary

For Mathematicians, yearly average wages total $77K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Male Mathematicians are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Mathematicians. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$49,034 - $132,951
(Median)
$49K
$77K
$130K
MEDIAN: $76,800
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90%

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$13.75 - $72.50
(Median)
$14
$27
$72
MEDIAN: $27.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,034 - $132,951  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,147  
Profit Sharing
$750 - $4,750  
Total Pay (?
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$45,397 - $135,351  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 160
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$0$25$50$75
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 - $10,147  
   
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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$45,397 - $135,351  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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


Professional skills reported by Mathematicians are few in number. Fortunate workers who know R can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 35 percent above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include C++. Those educated in Matlab tend to be well versed in R.

Pay by Experience Level for Mathematician

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Mathematicians. 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 bring in $98K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veteran professionals who boast more than 20 years of relevant experience enjoy plum median salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $130K.

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Experience Affects Mathematician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 67%

Experienced
up arrow 26%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$78,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Mathematician Salaries

R
up arrow 35%

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
33%
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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