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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Operations Research Analyst Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$45,270
25th Percentile Wage
$59,780
50th Percentile Wage
$81,390
75th Percentile Wage
$107,720
90th Percentile Wage
$134,470

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 $134,470. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $81,390. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $45,270. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 197% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of operations research analysts from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$81,390
2.69% 11.41%
2016
$79,200
0.72% -
2015
$78,630
2.51% -
2014
$76,660
2.65% -
2013
$74,630
3.39% -
2012
$72,100
- -

Table 2. Operations Research Analyst Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of operations research analysts in 18 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 $90,120. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $60,940).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Manufacturing
$90,120
Federal, State, and Local Government
$89,480
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$85,180
Information
$83,340
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$82,470
Finance and Insurance
$80,800
Utilities
$80,530
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$79,070
Wholesale Trade
$78,690
Mining
$78,630
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$77,500
Transportation and Warehousing
$72,960
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$72,890
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$70,790
Construction
$68,770
Health Care and Social Assistance
$67,260
Retail Trade
$63,830
Educational Services
$60,940

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 $50,990 to $112,020. The highest paying state for operations research analysts is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $112,020. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $50,990. 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
$112,020
Virginia
$105,770
New Jersey
$101,670
Maryland
$95,490
Alabama
$93,300
Delaware
$92,030
New York
$91,650
Rhode Island
$89,140
California
$87,800
Washington
$87,800
Illinois
$87,270
New Mexico
$86,600
Colorado
$86,010
Connecticut
$85,130
Minnesota
$84,160
Kansas
$83,780
Michigan
$83,510
Nevada
$83,030
Ohio
$80,580
Texas
$79,850
Vermont
$79,670
Iowa
$79,460
Oregon
$78,900
Pennsylvania
$76,110
Missouri
$74,680
Alaska
$74,450
Utah
$73,390
Hawaii
$71,870
North Carolina
$71,340
Massachusetts
$70,450
New Hampshire
$70,250
South Carolina
$69,900
Maine
$69,140
Arizona
$69,040
Wisconsin
$68,600
South Dakota
$68,490
Mississippi
$68,380
Florida
$67,490
Kentucky
$67,170
Oklahoma
$65,350
Tennessee
$63,440
Indiana
$62,310
Nebraska
$61,830
Idaho
$61,540
Georgia
$60,890
Montana
$60,140
Arkansas
$56,020
North Dakota
$54,720
Louisiana
$54,340
West Virginia
$53,060
Puerto Rico
$50,990



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