Computer and Mathematical Occupation Profiles Computer and Mathematical occupation profiles compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in May 2016 and modified in March 2017) include specific information about 19 distinct occupational job types.

Explore the qualifications and nature of each job type through links on this page and throughout the site.

Fast Facts: The Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”) estimates that 4,165,140 are employed in this occupational group earning the “mean annual wage” (as defined below) of $87,880.

If you are interested in assessing long-term trends and comparing the Bureau’s annual surveys beginning in 1988 see here.

In general, the “mean” is the sum of the total values (e.g., wages) in the data set or survey divided by number of values (while the “median” is the middle value in same the sequence. The term “mean annual wage” (or “MAW”) is calculated by multiplying the mean hourly wage as determined by the BLS by a “year-round, full-time” hours figure of 2,080 hours. So, for example, the Computer and Mathematical group’s mean hourly wage of $42.25, multiplied by 2,080, results in the mean annual wage of $87,880.

Distinct Occupational Types (by size):
Largest Employment CategorySoftware Developers, Applications—794,000
Smallest Employment Category—Mathematical Technicians—510

Highest Paid (mean annual wage)

Lowest Paid (from the lowest)

What’s Hot: Computer and Information Scientists topped the Best Paid in Computer and Mathematical Science listing. What does a Computer and Information Scientist do? Although many presume they like to play computer games, Wikipedia notes that “the focus of computer science is more on understanding the properties of the programs used to implement software such as games and web-browsers, and using that understanding to create new programs or improve existing ones.” They don’t just have fun.

What’s Not: At the other end of the pay scale, Mathematical Technicians and Computer Support Specialists are among the Least Paid in this occupational group. They fix the games that computer scientists invent and don’t get paid nearly as much doing it.

Wage Estimates for the entire group can be found here.

Sources: In addition to specific citations noted, supplementary source materials include the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.