How Much Do Mathematicians Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries


Mathematicians conduct research in fundamental mathematics or in application of mathematical techniques to science, management, and other fields. Solve problems in various fields using mathematical methods.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$112530 per year
Hourly wage
$54 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$61,130 to $79,280 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$29 to $38 per hour

Entry-level Mathematicians with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $61,130 to $79,280 per year or $29 to $38 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Mathematicians to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $82 $170,150
Senior (Top 25%) $65 $134,680
Middle (Mid 50%) $53 $110,860
Junior (Bottom 25%) $38 $79,280
No experience (Bottom 10%) $29 $61,130

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
DC $66 $137,960
WA $63 $130,890
NM $62 $129,270
NJ $61 $125,880
VA $59 $122,340
NY $59 $121,840
MD $57 $119,140
TN $57 $118,190
IL $57 $117,690
CA $56 $117,180

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Mathematician is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like DC doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at DC might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Mathematicians are in the states of DC, WA, NM, NJ and VA.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Scientific Research and Development Services $131010 $62.98
Federal Executive Branch $115830 $55.69
Computer Systems Design and Related Services $115190 $55.38
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services $110270 $53.02
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing $93310 $44.86
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $72440 $34.83

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