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Salary of Computer and Mathematical Occupations

The average annual salary of computer and mathematical occupations is shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare the median salaries of all computer and mathematical occupations in the United States. The computer and mathematical occupations salary statistics are from the national compensation survey published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Salary of Computer and Mathematical Occupations in the United States (2016 Survey)

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$42,650
25th Percentile Wage
$59,120
50th Percentile Wage
$82,830
75th Percentile Wage
$111,690
90th Percentile Wage
$141,250

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for computer and mathematical occupations. The salary is shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) computer and mathematical occupations is $141,250. The median annual salary is $82,830. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $42,650.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of computer and mathematical occupations from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201682,8301.69%7.92%
201581,4302.47%-
201479,4201.96%-
201377,8602.04%-
201276,270--

Table 2. Compare Salaries of All Computer and Mathematical Occupations (2016 Survey)

Table 2 shows the median annual wage of all computer and mathematical occupations in the United States. We note that the median annual salaries vary considerably among computer and mathematical professions and range from $49,390 to $111,840. The highest paid computer and mathematical occupations are computer and information research scientists with a median annual salary of $111,840. The lowest paid computer and mathematical occupations in the United States are computer user support specialists with a median annual salary of $49,390. For more salary information about a specific computer and mathematical profession, use the links in the table.

Occupation Group Median Annual Salary
Computer and Information Research Scientists
$111,840
Systems Software Developers
$106,860
Mathematicians
$105,810
Computer Network Architects
$101,210
Actuaries
$100,610
Applications Software Developers
$100,080
Software Developers and Programmers
$95,830
Information Security Analysts
$92,600
Computer and Information Analysts
$87,960
Computer Systems Analysts
$87,220
Other Computer Occupations
$86,510
Database and Systems Administrators and Network Architects
$84,970
Database Administrators
$84,950
Computer Occupations
$82,860
Mathematical Science Occupations
$81,750
Statisticians
$80,500
Computer Programmers
$79,840
Network and Computer Systems Administrators
$79,700
Operations Research Analysts
$79,200
Web Developers
$66,130
Other Mathematical Science Occupations
$65,050
Computer Network Support Specialists
$62,670
Miscellaneous Mathematical Science Occupations
$60,290
Computer Support Specialists
$52,160
Mathematical Technicians
$49,660
Computer User Support Specialists
$49,390