Median pay for Mathematicians in the United States is around $70K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Male Mathematicians far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. While one in five report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and a majority have dental, as well. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$44,729 - $117,284
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MEDIAN: $69,789
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$12.29 - $50.75
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,729 - $117,284  
   
Bonus
$294.41 - $10,033  
Profit Sharing
$983  
Total Pay (?
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$40,714 - $116,029  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 144
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.29 - $50.75  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.86  
Overtime
$28.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$294.41 - $10,033  
   
Profit Sharing
$983  
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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$40,714 - $116,029  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 25

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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

  • 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.
  • Design and development computational methods for solving problems in science, engineering, or other industries.
  • Perform computations and numerical analyses of data.
  • Apply mathematical theories to practical problems in a variety of settings and fields.

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Popular Skills for Mathematician


Survey results suggest that Mathematicians use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Python, R, and Matlab are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 22 percent, and 18 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Office. Most people 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.


Mathematicians generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $63K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $81K. Mathematicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $87K. Mathematicians who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $107K.

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Key Stats for Mathematician

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Mathematician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 54%

Experienced
up arrow 25%

Mid-Career
up arrow 16%

National Average
$69,000


Skills That Affect Mathematician Salaries

Python
up arrow 28%

R
up arrow 22%

up arrow 18%

C++ Programming Language
up arrow 18%

C++
up arrow 4%

National Average
$69,000


Microsoft Excel
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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