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Salary, Wages, Pay: Mathematicians




Median annual earnings of mathematicians were $76,470 in 2002. The middle 50 percent earned between $56,160 and $91,520. The lowest 10 percent had earnings of less than $38,930, while the highest 10 percent earned over $112,780.

According to a 2003 survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, starting salary offers averaged $40,512 a year for mathematics graduates with a bachelorís degree, and $42,348 for those with a masterís degree. Doctoral degree candidates averaged $55,485.

In early 2003, the average annual salary for mathematicians employed by the Federal Government in supervisory, nonsupervisory, and managerial positions was $80,877; that for mathematical statisticians was $83,472; and for cryptanalysts, the average was $78,662.