Computer & mathematical occupations

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2019 Workforce
5.16M
Average Age
40.5
Average Salary
$92,854
Average Male Salary
$98,051
Average Female Salary
$78,590

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Computer & mathematical occupations are most often employed by the Computer Systems Design industry. The average yearly wage for Computer & mathematical occupations was $92,854 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Computer & mathematical occupations by wage are Architecture & engineering occupations, Management occupations, and Healthcare practitioners & technical occupations.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Computer & mathematical occupations are Queen Anne & Magnolia PUMA, WA, San Jose (Northwest) & Santa Clara Cities PUMA, CA, and Mountain View, Palo Alto & Los Altos Cities PUMA, CA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Computer & mathematical occupations are Redmond, Kirkland Cities, Inglewood & Finn Hill PUMA, WA, Sunnyvale & San Jose (North) Cities PUMA, CA, and San Jose (Northwest) & Santa Clara Cities PUMA, CA.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Computer & mathematical occupations and on wages and locations for those in the field. Computer Systems Design is the industry that employs the most Computer & mathematical occupations, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Computer & mathematical occupations, by average wage, is Internet publishing, broadcasting & web search portals. Computer & mathematical occupations are paid most in LENOWISCO & Cumberland Plateau Planning District Commissions PUMA, VA but are relatively concentrated in Redmond, Kirkland Cities, Inglewood & Finn Hill PUMA, WA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$92,854
AVERAGE SALARY
± $750

In 2019, Computer & mathematical occupations earned an average of $92,854, $37,330 more than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Management occupations make somewhat more than Computer & mathematical occupations while Architecture & engineering occupations make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Computer & mathematical occupations as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.322
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Computer & mathematical occupations had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.322, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Computer & mathematical occupations (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Computer & mathematical occupations.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Computer & mathematical occupations.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Computer & mathematical occupations, by number of employees, are Computer Systems Design, Insurance carriers, and Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Computer & mathematical occupations, by average wage, are Internet publishing, broadcasting & web search portals, Taxi & limousine service, and Other consumer goods rental.

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Industries by Share

5.16M
2019 Workforce
± 54,817
4.52%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 1.45%

The number of people employed as Computer & mathematical occupations has been growing at a rate of 4.52%, from 4,937,335 people in 2018 to 5,160,727 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Computer & mathematical occupations employed by various industries. Computer Systems Design employs the largest share of Computer & mathematical occupations at  29.7%, followed by Insurance carriers with 3.7% and Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges with 3.66%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Computer & mathematical occupations in the US. The average age of male Computer & mathematical occupations in the workforce is 40.4 and of female Computer & mathematical occupations is 41.1, and the most common race/ethnicity for Computer & mathematical occupations is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

3.78M
MALE WORKFORCE
± 47,150
1.38M
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 28,691

73.3% of Computer & mathematical occupations are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Computer & mathematical occupations.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Computer & mathematical occupations
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

59.8% of Computer & mathematical occupations are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 20.7% of Computer & mathematical occupations, Asian (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Computer & mathematical occupations.

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Age by Gender

40.4
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.153
41.1
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.263

The median age of Computer & mathematical occupations is 40.5, and Male employees are generally 0.721 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Computer & mathematical occupations from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Computer & mathematical occupations is Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services but a relatively high number of Computer & mathematical occupations hold a major in Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Computer & mathematical occupations from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Computer & mathematical occupations need many skills, but most especially Mathematics. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Computer & mathematical occupations need more than the average amount of Programming, Mathematics, and Science.

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