Mathematician Salary

Earnings for Mathematicians in the United States come in at around $77K per year on average. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Making up 76 percent of those who took the survey, male Mathematicians greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$48,855 - $133,786
(Median)
$49K
$77K
$130K
MEDIAN: $76,800
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90%

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$12.88 - $82.41
(Median)
$13
$25
$82
MEDIAN: $25.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,855 - $133,786  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,148  
Profit Sharing
$992 - $5,896  
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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$45,112 - $136,051  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 156
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$12.88 - $82.41  
   
Overtime
$36.80 - $53.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,148  
   
Profit Sharing
$992 - $5,896  
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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$45,112 - $136,051  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 13
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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


Job skills reported by Mathematicians are limited. Fortunate workers who know R command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 35 percent above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include C++. 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $63K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $84K. Mathematicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $97K. Professionals with more than two decades of experience behind them enjoy a prosperous six-figure median salary of $130K.

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Experience Affects Mathematician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 68%

Experienced
up arrow 26%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$77,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Mathematician Salaries

R
up arrow 35%

National Average
$77,000

Matlab
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

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
31%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 6%
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