Mathematician Salary

Mathematicians in the United States take home approximately $78K per year on average. With some bonuses approaching $10K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $12K, overall incomes of Mathematicians spread between $45K and $134K depending on individual performance. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Mathematicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Mathematicians who answered the questionnnaire. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$46,522 - $131,746
(Median)
$47K
$78K
$130K
MEDIAN: $77,776
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50%
90%

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$12.58 - $60.29
(Median)
$13
$32
$60
MEDIAN: $32.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,522 - $131,746  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,143  
Profit Sharing
$21.29 - $11,836  
Total Pay (?
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$45,027 - $134,285  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 187
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.58 - $60.29  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.86  
Overtime
$39.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,143  
   
Profit Sharing
$21.29 - $11,836  
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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$45,027 - $134,285  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 20
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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 who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Fortunate workers who know R command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 32 percent above average. Microsoft Excel and C++ as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. Most people skilled in Matlab are similarly competent in R.

Pay by Experience Level for Mathematician

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


Mathematicians with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $63K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $86K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Mathematicians make a median salary of $99K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $132K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Mathematician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 67%

Experienced
up arrow 25%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$79,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 20%

Skills That Affect Mathematician Salaries

R
up arrow 32%

Matlab
up arrow 3%

National Average
$79,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

C++
up arrow 8%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 26%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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