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The Five Highest Paying Careers in Computer and Mathematical Science Occupations

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The Five Highest Paying Careers in Computer and Mathematical Science Occupations

Here is some helpful information on the top five paying careers in the field of Computer and Mathematical Science Occupations, according to the United States Department of Labor Statistics, May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates United States.  

These estimates were calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia.  The estimates do not include self-employed workers. Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hour’s figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data. Wages for some occupations that do not generally work year-round, full time, are reported either as hourly wages or annual salaries depending on how they are typically paid.

According to the United States Department of Labor Statistics the following five jobs averaged the highest salaries in the field of Computer and Mathematical Science Occupations. These estimates were calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. Each statistic includes an annual mean wage estimate.

Computer and Information Scientists, Research: $105,370

Conduct research into fundamental computer and information science as theorists, designers, or inventors. Solve or develop solutions to problems in the field of computer hardware and software.

Industries:

Computer Systems Design and Related Services: $106,230
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation): $100,100
Scientific Research and Development Services: $102,560
Software Publishers: $117,960
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services: $105,340

Top Paying:

Other Information Services: $134,230
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers: $134,070
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing: $131,910
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing: $120,400
Software Publishers: $117,960

States with the Largest Number of Workers:

Virginia: $99,070
Rhode Island: $103,660
Maryland: $108,610
Washington: $112,850
District of Columbia: $111,100

Top Paying:

Wisconsin: $123,320
California: $122,650
Massachusetts: $121,280
Texas: $114,870
New Hampshire: $113,560

Metropolitan Areas with the Highest Concentration of Workers:

Huntsville, AL: $101,710
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA: $79,560
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA: $134,530
Gulfport-Biloxi, MS: $76,820

Top Paying Metropolitan Areas:

Provo-Orem, UT: $140,080 
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA: $134,530
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division: $133,260
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division: $131,110 
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division: $128,680

Actuaries: $97,450

Analyze statistical data, such as mortality, accident, sickness, disability, and retirement rates and construct probability tables to forecast risk and liability for payment of future benefits. May ascertain premium rates required and cash reserves necessary to ensure payment of future benefits.

Industries:

Insurance Carriers: $96,080
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services: $107,970
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities: $98,630
Management of Companies and Enterprises: $91,000
State Government (OES Designation): $83,380

Top Paying:

Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations: $125,560
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation): $110,740
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services: $107,970
Insurance and Employee Benefit Funds: $102,490
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities: $98,630

States with the Largest Number of Workers:

Connecticut: $99,430
Kansas: $93,760
Maine: $60,450
Delaware: $100,230
District of Columbia: $110,470

Top Paying:

Pennsylvania: $120,620
New Mexico: $113,140
District of Columbia: $110,470
Indiana: $109,670
Wisconsin: $106,220

Metropolitan Areas with the Highest Concentration of Workers:

Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME: $58,810
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT: $99,870
Fort Wayne, IN: $113,520
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA: $100,200
Kansas City, MO-KS: $93,480

Top Paying Metropolitan Areas:

Appleton, WI: $140,920 
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division: $136,650 
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA: $136,090 
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division: $126,070
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ: $123,940

Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software: $96,620

Research, design, develop, and test operating systems-level software, compilers, and network distribution software for medical, industrial, military, communications, aerospace, business, scientific, and general computing applications. Set operational specifications and formulate and analyze software requirements. Apply principles and techniques of computer science, engineering, and mathematical analysis. 

Industries:

Computer Systems Design and Related Services: $95,150
Software Publishers: $97,840
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing: $112,020
Scientific Research and Development Services: $102,940
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing: $98,450

Top Paying:

Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing: $112,020

Other Information Services: $110,380
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers: $108,290
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media: $106,860
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing: $106,540

States with the Largest Number of Workers:

Massachusetts: $101,670
Virginia: $107,100
Colorado: $98,590
Washington: $99,080
Maryland: $95,980

Top Paying:

California: $109,240
Virginia: $107,100
New Hampshire: $101,820
Massachusetts: $101,670
New Jersey: $100,150

Metropolitan Areas with the Highest Concentration of Workers:

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA: $124,360
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division: $105,650
Framingham, MA NECTA Division: $106,090
Durham, NC: $99,870
Boulder, CO: $110,420

Top Paying Metropolitan Areas:

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA: $124,360
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division: $114,150
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA: $113,380
Winchester, VA-WV: $110,800 
Napa, CA: $110,590

Mathematicians: $93,920

Conduct research in fundamental mathematics or in application of mathematical techniques to science, management, and other fields. Solve or direct solutions to problems in various fields by mathematical methods.

Industries:

Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation): $106,090
Scientific Research and Development Services: $100,010
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools: $65,560
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services: $84,850
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services: $85,750

Top Paying:

Computer Systems Design and Related Services: $110,230
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation): $106,090
Scientific Research and Development Services: $100,010
Insurance Carriers: $90,290
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services: $85,750

States with the Largest Number of Workers:

Virginia: $107,510
Maryland: $104,840 
Alabama: $70,070
Connecticut: $89,990
Massachusetts: $67,750

Top Paying:

California: $108,410
Virginia: $107,510
Maryland: $104,840
Illinois: $102,720
Colorado: $96,580

Metropolitan Areas with the Highest Concentration of Workers:

Huntsville, AL: $70,770
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division: $119,760
Baltimore-Towson, MD: $88,970
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division: $121,700
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division: $85,660

Top Paying Metropolitan Areas:

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division: $121,700
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division: $119,760
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA: $107,410
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC: $101,400
Baltimore-Towson, MD: $88,970
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Computer Software Engineers, Applications: $90,170

Develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs. Analyze user needs and develop software solutions. Design software or customize software for client use with the aim of optimizing operational efficiency. May analyze and design databases within an application area, working individually or coordinating database development as part of a team.

Industries:

Computer Systems Design and Related Services: $91,130
Software Publishers: $91,910
Management of Companies and Enterprises: $88,490
Insurance Carriers: $83,550
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services: $90,200

Top Paying:

Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers: $119,760
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing: $107,830
Other Personal Services: $102,550
Other Information Services: $102,190
Other Financial Investment Activities: $97,750

States with the Largest Number of Workers:

Virginia: $95,420
Washington: $93,650
New Hampshire: $90,390
Colorado: $92,370
New Jersey: $94,010

Top Paying:

Massachusetts: $102,920
California: $102,080
Virginia: $95,420
Maryland: $95,310
New Jersey: $94,010

Metropolitan Areas with the Highest Concentration of Workers:

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA: $115,030
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division: $93,770
Boulder, CO: $91,200
Framingham, MA NECTA Division: $107,020
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division: $105,530
Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:
Barnstable Town, MA: $60.12 $125,040 
Salinas, CA: $121,930
Punta Gorda, FL: $116,410 
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA: $115,030
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH NECTA Division: $107,160

Source: The Bureau of Labor Statistics

Copyright Information: “The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is a Federal government agency and everything that we publish, both in hard copy and electronically, is in the public domain, except for previously copyrighted photographs and illustrations. You are free to use our public domain material without specific permission, although we do ask that you cite the Bureau of Labor Statistics as the source.” 

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