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Operations Research Analyst Salary Information

The salary statistics of operations research analysts are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of operations research analysts within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The operations research analysts annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Operations Research Analyst Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$43,400
25th Percentile Wage
$57,400
50th Percentile Wage
$79,200
75th Percentile Wage
$105,410
90th Percentile Wage
$132,660

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for operations research analysts. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) operations research analysts is $132,660. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $79,200. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $43,400. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 205% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of operations research analysts from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201679,2000.72%8.96%
201578,6302.51%-
201476,6602.65%-
201374,6303.39%-
201272,100--

Table 2. Operations Research Analyst Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of operations research analysts in 17 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for operations research analysts occupations is the manufacturing sector with an annual salary $90,810. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $56,470).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Manufacturing
$90,810
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$83,520
Information
$82,810
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$81,730
Mining
$81,300
Federal, State, and Local Government
$79,950
Utilities
$78,920
Wholesale Trade
$78,410
Finance and Insurance
$77,630
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$76,580
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$74,260
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$71,980
Transportation and Warehousing
$71,320
Health Care and Social Assistance
$65,510
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$60,240
Retail Trade
$56,570
Educational Services
$56,470

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Operations Research Analysts by States

From the above tables we note that not only operations research analysts salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of operations research analysts in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $44,220 to $115,040. The highest paying state for operations research analysts is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $115,040. The lowest paying state is Louisiana with a median annual salary of $44,220. For more salary information of operations research analysts profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$115,040
Virginia
$108,880
Alabama
$96,640
New York
$93,560
New Jersey
$92,130
Delaware
$91,580
Maryland
$90,200
California
$89,270
New Mexico
$86,990
Washington
$86,350
Connecticut
$83,600
Illinois
$83,460
Michigan
$82,580
Colorado
$82,400
Ohio
$80,140
Minnesota
$80,060
Massachusetts
$78,220
Texas
$78,080
Vermont
$76,840
Iowa
$76,550
Alaska
$75,670
Utah
$75,470
Nevada
$75,190
Mississippi
$73,800
Pennsylvania
$73,170
Oregon
$72,900
Kentucky
$72,680
Maine
$70,300
New Hampshire
$70,250
Nebraska
$70,120
South Carolina
$69,070
North Carolina
$67,670
Kansas
$66,060
Wisconsin
$65,560
Missouri
$65,380
Rhode Island
$64,900
Tennessee
$64,200
Indiana
$64,030
North Dakota
$63,280
Hawaii
$62,840
Arizona
$62,760
Idaho
$61,130
Florida
$60,090
Montana
$60,030
Oklahoma
$58,960
Georgia
$58,150
Arkansas
$56,310
West Virginia
$55,820
Puerto Rico
$46,260
Louisiana
$44,220


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