Occupational Outlook + Average Salary

Employment for mathematicians is expected to grow much faster than the average compared to all other occupations for the 2008-2018 decade, however, keen competition for jobs is expected. Employment of mathematicians is projected to increase by 22% partly due to advancement in technology.

Salaries earned by mathematicians are dependent on degree level and whether they are employed by industry, government, or academia.  According to the most recent data from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wages for mathematicians was $95,150.

Employment of actuaries is expected to grow by 27 percent between 2010 and 2020. Students with internship experience who have passed at least one actuarial exam while in school should have the best prospects for entry-level positions. The 2010 median pay for actuaries was $87,650 per year.

(2010-2011 Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics)