Statistician Salary

Statisticians in the United States pull down an average of $72K annually. Cash earnings of Statisticians can occasionally include $12K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $44K to almost $113K. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Statisticians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$46,232 - $107,669
(Median)
$46K
$72K
$110K
MEDIAN: $71,994
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$12.55 - $52.15
(Median)
$13
$25
$52
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,232 - $107,669  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,332  
Profit Sharing
$515 - $11,940  
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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$43,907 - $113,155  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 989
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$12.55 - $52.15  
   
Overtime
$18.20 - $101.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,332  
   
Profit Sharing
$515 - $11,940  
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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$43,907 - $113,155  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 88
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Job Description for Statistician

Statisticians specialize in collecting and analyzing mathematical data to solve problems and make predictions regarding future outcomes. The profession exists in both the private and public sectors. These sectors can include manufacturing, government, science, engineering, science, and public health. When a project is assigned, they will first plan ways to collect information that is needed, and then brainstorm from their knowledge of probability for sampling.

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Statistician Tasks

  • May specialize in fields, such as bio-statistics, agricultural statistics, business statistics, economic statistics, or other fields.
  • May also develop new mathematical theories.
  • Apply statistical theory to collect, organize, interpret, and summarize numerical data to provide usable information.

Common Career Paths for Statistician


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There are some Statisticians — though it's uncommon — that transition into Senior Statisticians, where earnings are an average $100K annually. It is quite typical for Statisticians to transition into roles as Biostatisticians or Statistician - Mathematicals, where reported median earnings are $5K and $2K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Statistician


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Data Modeling, R, Statistical Analysis, and SAS are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing SPSS as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Microsoft Excel and Data Analysis also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Data Analysis are similarly competent in Data Modeling.

Pay by Experience Level for Statistician

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. 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 $82K. Statisticians see a median salary of $96K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Statisticians who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $109K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Statisticians, 22 percent above the national average. Statisticians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+19 percent), Austin (+18 percent), Raleigh (+11 percent), and Boston (+10 percent). Philadelphia is the lowest-paying area, 10 percent south of the national average. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Houston and Los Angeles (10 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Statistician Salaries




National Average
$72,000


Skills That Affect Statistician Salaries

Data Modeling
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Statistical Analysis
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R
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SAS
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Data Mining / Data Warehouse
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SQL
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National Average
$72,000



SPSS
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 150 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 10%
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