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Distinct Groups (19):
Employment: 4,165,140
Mean Hourly Wage: $42.25
Mean Annual Wage: $87,880
Largest Employment Category—Software Developers, Applications—794,000
Smallest Employment CategoryMathematical Technicians—510 Wage Estimates for the entire group can be found here


The Computer and Mathematical occupation profiles compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in May 2016 and modified in March 2017) include specific information about 19 distinct occupational job types

Explore the qualifications and nature of each job type through links on this page and throughout the site.

Fast Facts: The Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”) estimates that 4,165,140 are employed in this occupational group earning the “mean annual wage” (as defined below) of $87,880.

If you are interested in assessing long-term trends and comparing the Bureau’s annual surveys beginning in 1988 see here 

In general, the “mean”  is the sum of the total values (e.g., wages) in the data set or survey divided by number of values (while the “median” is the middle value in same the sequence. The term “mean annual wage” (or “MAW”) is calculated by multiplying the mean hourly wage as determined by the BLS by a “year-round, full-time” hours figure of 2,080 hours. So, for example, the Computer and Mathematical group’s mean hourly wage of $42.25, multiplied by 2,080, results in the mean annual wage of $87,880.

Did you know? Unsurprisingly, Northern, CA metropolitan areas rate highly in terms of annual mean wages and job concentration in this occupation with San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($123,600/1st) (124.88 per 1,000/1st) and San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division ($115,130/3rd) (83.76 per 1,000/4th) leading the way. Huntsville, AL, however, ranks #10 in terms of job concentration at 61.60 per 1,000 jobs. In terms of nonmetropolitan areas, the Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area tops the list in both highest paid ($108,500) and job concentration (88.84 per 1,000) in this occupation.

Highest Paid (mean annual wage)

Lowest Paid (from the lowest)

For the entire list of mean annual wages for this occupation (from highest to lowest), see here 

Sources: In addition to specific citations noted, supplementary source materials include the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Highest to Lowest Paid Salary (Full List)

By the Numbers: The complete list from the Highest to the Lowest paid:

Job Title (# of members) Annual Mean Wage 
1. Computer and Information Research Scientists (26,580) $116,320
2. Actuaries (19,940) $114,120
3. Software Developers, Systems Software (409,820) $110,590
4. Mathematicians (2,730) $105,600
5. Software Developers, Applications (794,000) $104,300
6. Computer Network Architects (157,070) $104,240
7. Information Security Analysts (96,870) $96,040
8. Computer Systems Analysts (568,960) $91,620
9. Computer Occupations, All Other (261,210) $88,880
10. Database Administrators (113,730) $87,130
11. Computer Programmers (271,200) $85,180
12. Statisticians (33,440) $85,160
13. Network and Computer Systems Administrators (376,820) $84,500
14. Operations Research Analysts (109,150) $84,340
15. Mathematical Science Occupations, All Other (2,000) $77,550
16. Web Developers (129,540) $72,150
17. Computer Network Support Specialists (188,740) $67,770
18. Mathematical Technicians (510) $58,490
19. Computer User Support Specialists (602,840) $53,100


What's Hot

What’s Hot: Computer and Information Scientists topped the Best Paid in Computer and Mathematical Science listing. What does a Computer and Information Scientist do? Although many presume they like to play computer games, Wikipedia notes that “the focus of computer science is more on understanding the properties of the programs used to implement software such as games and web-browsers, and using that understanding to create new programs or improve existing ones.” They don’t just have fun.

What’s Not: At the other end of the pay scale, Mathematical Technicians and Computer Support Specialists are among the Least Paid in this occupational group. They fix the games that computer scientists invent and don’t get paid nearly as much doing it.

Wage Estimates for the entire group can be found here

GPS Your Career

GPS Your Career: According to the BLS, the States with the highest employment level in the Computer and Mathematical occupational group are: 

California (580,040 workers)
Texas (350,160)
New York (245,150)
Virginia (198,560)
Florida (193,670) 

States with the highest concentration of jobs are: 

District of Columbia  (58.93 per 1,000 jobs)
Virginia (52.80)
Washington (48.47)
Maryland (46.82)
Colorado  (41.54) 

The top paying States for this occupation are below. The State of Washington (hello Microsoft) leads the way with the highest annual mean wages in this occupation, followed closely by the District of Columbia and California. 

Washington ($104,430 annual mean wage)
District of Columbia  ($103,580)
California ($102,970)
Virginia ($98,540)
Massachusetts ($96,860)