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Salary of Computer and Mathematical Occupations

The average annual salary of computer and mathematical occupations is shown in Table 1. Table 2 compares the median salaries across 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 2018 [1].

Table 1. Salary of Computer and Mathematical Occupations in the United States (2017 Survey)

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$43,580
25th Percentile Wage
$60,360
50th Percentile Wage
$84,560
75th Percentile Wage
$114,130
90th Percentile Wage
$144,830

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 $144,830. The median annual salary is $84,560. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $43,580.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of computer and mathematical occupations from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$84,560
2.05% 9.80%
2016
$82,830
1.69% -
2015
$81,430
2.47% -
2014
$79,420
1.96% -
2013
$77,860
2.04% -
2012
$76,270
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Table 2. Compare Salaries of All Computer and Mathematical Occupations (2017 Survey)

Table 2 shows the median annual wage for each Computer and Mathematical Occupations in the United States. Note that the median annual salaries vary considerably among computer and mathematical professions, ranging from $49,660 to $114,520. The highest-paid computer and mathematical occupations are computer and information research scientists with a median annual salary of $114,520. The lowest-paid computer and mathematical occupations in the United States are mathematical technicians with a median annual salary of $49,660. 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
$114,520
Systems Software Developers
$107,600
Computer Network Architects
$104,650
Mathematicians
$103,010
Applications Software Developers
$101,790
Actuaries
$101,560
Software Developers and Programmers
$97,770
Information Security Analysts
$95,510
Computer and Information Analysts
$89,280
Other Computer Occupations
$88,510
Computer Systems Analysts
$88,270
Database and Systems Administrators and Network Architects
$87,090
Database Administrators
$87,020
Computer Occupations
$84,580
Mathematical Science Occupations
$84,060
Statisticians
$84,060
Computer Programmers
$82,240
Operations Research Analysts
$81,390
Network and Computer Systems Administrators
$81,100
Web Developers
$67,990
Other Mathematical Science Occupations
$65,050
Computer Network Support Specialists
$62,340
Miscellaneous Mathematical Science Occupations
$57,890
Computer Support Specialists
$52,810
Computer User Support Specialists
$50,210
Mathematical Technicians
$49,660