How Much Does a Statistician Make?

by Steven Symes - Updated September 26, 2017

Statisticians collect, organize and analyze data in a number of fields, including the sciences, politics, sports and marketing. Most statistician positions require at least a master’s degree in either statistics or mathematics, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BLS estimates future job growth for statisticians to be average.

National Figures

A total of 22,830 statisticians were employed in the United States as of May 2010, according to the BLS. The mean annual wage of statisticians working in the nation was $76,070. The top 10 percent of statisticians earned $119,100 or more a year, while the bottom 10 percent earned $39,090 or less per year. The 25th percentile made $51,630 and the 75th percentile made $97,330.

Top Paying Industries

The securities and commodities contracts intermediation and brokerage industry paid the highest average salary to statisticians; it totaled $122,230. The second highest for average pay was the medical equipment and supplies manufacturing industry, where statisticians earned an average salary of $96,740. The federal executive branch ranked third for average pay, which came to $94,420 annually, while statisticians who worked for the educational support services industry earned an average of $92,750 per year. Fifth in the nation was the Federal Reserve, which paid its statisticians an average of $90,520 each year.

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Top States and Regions

The District of Columbia reported the highest average earnings by statisticians, which came to $104,180 each year. West Virginia ranked second in the nation for average annual income earned by statisticians within its borders, at $102,780. Statisticians who worked in Massachusetts made the third-highest average annual income of $92,990, while those who worked in Maryland earned the fourth-highest salary of $92,540. Statisticians who worked in North Carolina earned the fifth-highest average salary of $89,400.

Top Cities

Statisticians who worked in the Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg area in Maryland earned the highest average salary in the nation, totaling $107,830. Second in the nation was the San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City metropolitan area in California, where statisticians earned an average of $104,730 a year. Statisticians who worked in Framingham, Massachusetts, earned the third-highest average salary in the country, which came to $96,260. The Kalamazoo-Portage area in Michigan ranked fourth in the nation with an average $95,870 earned annually by its statisticians; New Haven, Connecticut, ranked fifth with an average yearly income of $94,330.

2016 Salary Information for Statisticians

Statisticians earned a median annual salary of $80,500 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, statisticians earned a 25th percentile salary of $60,760, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $104,420, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 37,200 people were employed in the U.S. as statisticians.

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