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Mathematician Salary

Mathematicians in the United States take home approximately $76K per year on average. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Mathematicians. Male Mathematicians are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$48,997 - $133,162
(Median)
$49K
$76K
$130K
MEDIAN: $76,209
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$12.88 - $82.41
(Median)
$13
$25
$82
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,997 - $133,162  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,142  
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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$45,803 - $135,630  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 159
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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,142  
   
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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$45,803 - $135,630  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 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


Mathematicians typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Fortunate workers who know R command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 35 percent above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $85K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $64K. Mathematicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $97K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $135K on average.

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Experience Affects Mathematician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 74%

Experienced
up arrow 25%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$78,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Skills That Affect Mathematician Salaries

R
up arrow 35%

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
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 7%
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