Statisticians use math to understand trends by examining the results of surveys and studies. Many work for government agencies. Statisticians also find employment with private research and development firms, as well as with colleges and universities. Most statisticians hold a master's degree. Research positions at colleges and universities usually require a Ph.D.
Average National Salary
As of 2012, statisticians reported an average wage of $38.25 per hour and an average salary of $79,570 per year to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Half of all statisticians reported pay of between $55,360 and $99,340 per year. The lowest-paid 10 percent of statisticians made $42,220 or less annually, while the highest-paid 10 percent made $121,890 or more per year.
Pay by Employment Sector
Pay for government statisticians varied widely by sector as of 2012, with federal statisticians reporting a high average salary of $97,170 and those employed by state agencies reporting a low average salary of $51,230. Statisticians working for private research and development firms averaged $90,290 per year, while those hired by consulting firms earned an average of $75,970. Research statisticians at colleges and universities reported an average salary of $70,690. At pharmaceutical companies, statisticians earned an average salary of $92,030.
Pay by Location
Statisticians working in New Jersey were the highest paid in the nation as of 2012, with an average salary of $108,310. The District of Columbia ranked second, with an average statistician salary of $103,160, followed by California at $95,150, Massachusetts at $94,040 and Maryland at $93,700. Arkansas reported the very lowest average salary in the country, $45,040 per year, while the territory of Puerto Rico reported an even lower average salary of $31,080.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for statisticians should be positive through 2020. Growth in this profession should increase at a rate of 14 percent between 2010 and 2020, with an estimated 3,500 new jobs produced by the end of the decade. Employment opportunities should occur in government agencies and with pharmaceutical companies, as well as for statisticians specializing in the analysis of Internet search data.
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